Review: Steve DuPree & The Delta Flyers – Dr DuPree’s Love Shop

Posted on: Thursday, Jan 10, 2013

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Steve DuPree & The Delta Flyers – Dr DuPree’s Love Shop

(Soulbilly Music Group)

Following on from the highly entertaining ‘Sixteen Bars’ the re-named (see above) Flyers have released a cracking Christmas/New Year present in the form of the ‘Love Shop,’ a collection of twelve balling toe-tappers and thoughtful slow burners, one of the latter is in the form of “Witness Tree,” an aching and vulnerable hymn like gospel infused piano led tale of sworn lifelong devotion and love.

While on the slide-driven “Broke-Up,” advice is hollered to the loveless over a racing guitar and pulsing and energising backbeat. The smiling swagger and strut of goodtime New Orleans is magically captured on the buoyant “First Dance,” with Marcia Ball providing crystal clear, rollingly crisp footapping piano and sweetly succulent brass from The Texas Horns.  “St. Paul’s Bottom,” is a raunchy, sweaty, earthy, harp and guitar led howling boogie, with Steve barking out his sad, sad tale of woe and debauchery above it all.

A mournful story, “Angel Of Mercy,” is a tale of love risen out of despair, sorrow and imagination. Another slide driven cracker is the racing “Ain’t Gonna Be Your Dog,” it sweeps you toe-tappingly along to the effortlessly cruising organ led “It’s My Life,”  The harp led grooving, shuffling “That Ole’ Mule,” oozes an enticing and irresistible second-line strut which urges you walk that walk!

To keep up the momentum “Lucky Seven,” has you rolling along as you prepare to chance your arm with those loaded dice. The title number has you in a throat tightening horn led funk strut that also backs the marvellously enticing guest duet vocals of Alice Stewart, a fun frolicking number. On the infectious funk filled “Soulbilly Music,” Steve is sweetly backed by a grooving, ringing guitar and a full throated female chorus line. This album is a great start to the year.

Recommended!

BRIAN HARMAN

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