IndiePulse Reviews: Southbound I-95 by JP Soars
Southbound I-95 is a thrilling Road-trip into Blues History, JP Soars and his band create a living blues experience that captivates and entertains with flawless precision and performance genius.
California born native JP Soars, who was raised in Arkansas and now living in Florida, had spent most of his early musical career in Hard Rock and Metal Bands, but his influences in music came from the Blues masters, so it is not a surprise that this visionary artist would infuse the two styles to create a unique and presently, award winning sound of his own that would be unequalled.
Since starting his recording career as a blues artist with the critically-acclaimed 2008 CD Back of My Mind, guitarist and vocalist JP Soars has channeled uncommon influences into a signature sound. Anyone could simply list revered blues artists like Muddy Waters and Guitar Slim, jazz guitar giants like Django Reinhardt and Wes Montgomery, and uncompromising rock acts like Black Sabbath and Slayer, but Soars has lived the diversity-cutting his teeth touring and recording with South Florida metal bands, and learning the complex style of Reinhardt to continue to perform in “Gypsy Jazz” solo and duo settings. All of these artists, and more, color and shade Soars’ blues vocals and playing, whether on his hollow bodied Epiphone six-string or home-made, two-string cigar box slide guitar.
His fourth album, and latest release, Southbound I-95 is an exhilarating, fast and furious, thrill seeking album, there is a song for everyone on this album, soft and folksy to rockin rhythms, no music note left unplayed or unloved.opening up the album with “Ain’t No Dania Beach” the master is the soulful southern slide guitar textures, weaving a story of living a good life, yet still longing for home. Next Track “Sure As Hell Ain’t Foolin’ Me” picks up the tempo with jazzy and funk infused “blast from the past” 70’s sounds, a song that shows some of JP’s formidable influences. By the 3rd and title track “Southbound I-95” with it’s “Husky” vocals and surf punk sound, you can see, you are hooked and JP Soars has the musical cure for whatever ails you. The magnificence of this album continues in every track, we could go on, but this is an album that must be heard and we seriously suggest you do so “Pronto-Bro!”.
Listen to JP Soars Southbound I-95 Here
JP Soars brings his best to the turntables of the world, and he brings only the best talent, on Southbound I-95 he has the distinctive talents of Cleveland Frederick on Bass and Chris Peet on Drums and Percussion, with them JP Soars has a Trio that Triumphs!
Listen to a recent interview with JP Soars on Sunday Blues with DAR
Get His latest album Southbound I-95 and previous Albums on iTunes Here.
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