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article imageReview: Steve Azar and The Kings Men soars on 'Down at the Liquor Store' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 10, 2017 in Music
On August 11, Steve Azar and The Kings Men release their new album, "Down at the Liquor Store," on the independent record label, Ride Records.
Most impressive about The Kings Men is that they served as B.B. King's backing band for many years until he passed. The Kings Men are comprised of Ray Neal, Regi Richards, Walter King, Jason Young, Herman Jackson, and David Briggs.
The sultry album opens with the mid-tempo and smooth "Rena Lara," and it immediately breaks into "Start to Wanderin' My Way." Equally noteworthy tunes include the bluesy "Chance I'll Take," "Road Isn't There Anymore" and the mellow "She Just Rolls with Me."
One of the highlight tracks on the album is "Tender and Tough," which features his velvet voice, and he sings it like a soothing lullaby. "Wake Me from the Dead" is upbeat with a neat groove to it, and the title track "Down at the Liquor Store" The collection closes with "Ode to Sonny Boy" and "Greenville."
The Verdict
Overall, Steve Azar and The Kings Men have released a highly eclectic new studio album with Down at the Liquor Store. There is something in it for everybody, and it is recommended for fans of the delta blues, country, and soul music. One can hear Azar's heart on this record, and music listeners should follow the album title's advice: they ought to go down to the liquor store, buy a bottle of wine, and allow Steve Azar and The Kings Men to lure them in to this exceptional studio effort. This CD garners an A rating. Well done folks.
Down at the Liquor Store is available on iTunes.
Their Pledge Music "Something in the Water" campaign is available here.
To learn more about Steve Azar and The Kings Men, check out their official homepage.
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