The Strata-Tones – Dressed Up To Fess Up

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The Strata-Tones

Founded by guitarist Bruce Krupnik and featuring the powerhouse vocals of Valerie Johnson, whose pedigree includes singing with The Holmes Brothers and Big Brother and the Holding Company, this debut from The Strata-Tones is an outstanding collection of tunes rooted in Blues and Rhythm and Blues, but with plenty of diversity to keep it fresh.  Highlights include the sassy sounds of “BeBop Baby”, “Did You Ever”, with it’s infectious upbeat swing bounce and a touch of rock guitar, the soulful, blues of “Lovers Lost And Found“, showcasing the harmonica work of Kevin McCracken, the laid-back, bluesy swagger of “This Old House“, the slow, R&B groove of the ballad “Together For Some Time” and album closer “Ball and Chain”, a cover of the Big Mama Thornton classic that really showcases Johnson’s vocals. If you’re a fan of the Blues then you should definitely track down Dressed Up To Fess Up. (thestratatones.com) –

Geoff Melton