Blues Bytes


January 2013

an associate

Order this CD today

Stevie Dupree & The Delta Flyers
Dr. Dupree's Love Shop
Soulbilly Music Group

Stevie Dupree

I first encountered Stevie DuPree & The Delta Flyers a couple of years ago on their 2010 release, Sixteen Bars. Their southern-fried brand of blues combines influences from Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. Their follow-up, Dr. DuPree’s Love Shop (Soulbilly Music Group) verifies that front man Stevie DuPree continues to be a versatile and charismatic singer, easily handling soul, R&B, blues, rock, and even country. The Flyers include guitarist Travis Stephenson, bassist Quentin “Q” Calva, and drummer Steve Bundrick.

Some familiar faces join the Flyers for this release….Tenor sax/harmonica ace Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff contributes both musically and as producer, along with Nick Connolly (keyboards), the Texas Horns, and vocalists Alice Stewart and Lisa Tingle (who share co-lead vocals on the funky title track). Derek O’Brien adds slide guitar to the blues rocker, “Broke Up,” that opens the disc, and the inimitable Marcia Ball adds some New Orleans spice on keyboards to “First Dance.” “St. Paul’s Bottoms” is a gritty countrified blues with Kazanoff’s harmonica and Stephenson’s guitar providing fireworks.

“My Angel of Mercy” is a swampy soul tune, while “Ain’t Gonna Be Your Dog” is a thumping Texas shuffle with some tasty slide work from Stephenson. “It’s My Life” is a greasy organ-driven shuffle, and “The Witness Tree” features a gospel-tinged piano, a horn chart right out of Stax Records, and DuPree’s heartfelt vocal. “That Old Mule” combines some fine Rice Miller-influenced harp from Kazanoff and a groovy second-line beat. The disc closes with a hard rocking “Lucky Seven” and a catchy soul number, “A Hard Act To Follow.”

Dr. DuPree’s Love Shop will indeed be a hard act to follow. It shows The Delta Flyers to be in fine form, with their irresistible mix of southern soul and blues.

--- Graham Clarke



[Pick Hit][What's New][Surprise][Flashback][Feedback][Back Issues][Home Page]


The Blues Bytes URL... 
Revised: January 12, 2013 - Version 1.00
All contents Copyright © 2013, Blue Night Productions. All rights reserved.