Review by Joseph Timmons: IndiePulse Music Magazine
Dog Eat Dog, the new solo album by Billy Price, Soul / Blues Singer of note is taking the music scene for a fantastic joy ride of originality and powerful creativity. Billy was excited and eager to get back into Greaseland Studio in San José, California with producer Kid Andersen. Kid and Billy’s mutual love for the music and commitment to making an original contribution to the soul blues genre is evident in this new collection of recordings.
Dog Eat Dog is a work of love and devotion to the craft of music and tried & true R&B, taking cues from classic stylings and modern interpretations. With the support of his contemporaries whom themselves are superiorly talented artists and big names in music, Billy Price takes the lead and drives the feelings home. Each and every track is pure blues gold, but this is an album of masterful creativity, the 8 original tracks are fun, frisky and bold, while the cover tracks: Title track Dog Eat Dog, Bobby Byrd’s “We’re in Love,” the Otis Rush blues classic “My Love Will Never Die,” and “Same Old Heartaches,” first recorded by the Impressions and written by Price’s friends, the songwriting team of Melvin and Mervin Steals, the cover tracks are brilliant interpretations of the originals , performed with a reverence and homage to the original masters that created them.
Kid and Billy assembled a first-class group of musicians on Dog Eat Dog, which features Price on vocals along with Andersen (guitars and assorted instruments), Alex Pettersen (drums), Jerry Jemmott (bass), Jim Pugh (keys), Eric Spaulding (tenor sax), Jack Sanford (baritone sax), and John Halblieb (trumpet). Andersen added congas to most tracks, covered by Jon Otis (son of the great Johnny Otis) and Vicki Randle (Jay Leno Tonight Show Band, Mavis Staples). Randle also provided background vocals along with Lisa Leuschner Andersen, Charlie Owen, and the Sons of the Soul Revivers gospel group.
Dog Eat Dog also features guest appearances by Rick Estrin, Alabama Mike, and Mike Zito. Estrin plays harmonica on the title track, which he wrote and recorded on one of his earlier albums. A big fan of Alabama Mike, Price was thrilled to share the lead vocals with Mike on “Dog Eat Dog.” Gulf Coast Records co-founder Mike Zito also contributed a scorching guitar solo on “All Night Long Cafe.”
One must also consider that there are few artists that can do live what they do in the studio, and vice / versa, Billy Price is an artist that does just that, note for note, the live performance feel is proud and prominent in each track.
If you have not seen him live, we have a recent video of a live performance: The Billy Price Charm City Rhythm Band @ The Pearl Street Warehouse 2019
2016 Blues Music Award Winner Billy Price first attracted national attention during his three-year association with guitarist Roy Buchanan. Price is the vocalist on two of Buchanan’s LPs, That’s What I’m Here For and Live Stock. Since then, with the Keystone Rhythm Band, the Billy Price Band, and solo projects,
Billy Price has recorded and released a total of 17 albums, CDs, and DVDs. In April 2016, he was officially recognized and inducted as a Pittsburgh Rock ’n Roll Legend at an award ceremony. Price’s album This Time for Real, with the late Chicago soul singer Otis Clay, received a 2016 Blues Music Award in the category of Best Soul Blues Album of 2015. Billy’s last album, Reckoning, was released in June, 2018, and nominated for a Blues Music Award for Best Soul Blues Album of the year.
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