Artist: Bryan Duncan and
The NehoSoul Band
Label: Red Road
He’s been making great music
for thirty years and Bryan Duncan has returned to his roots in great style
with his latest CD / DVD creation, “Music City Live”. Released in March
Duncan combines with the NeoSoul Band to produce a spectacular R &
B album that at times creates a subtle jazz lounge feel to it. The album
is Duncan’s first release under his own newly formed record label, Red
The NeoSoul Band is comprised
of several freelance musicians who often played gigs together. It
was not until the DVD was produced that they actually formed into a band,
with the members picked by Ricky B. Rodgers and Duncan. As Duncan says,
“it was a reckoning of sorts after a three hour conversation I had with
Ricky B that we decided this was a band for the future and they should
have a name.” Rodgers was the musical director for the production and is
also featured on bass guitar.
“It was like I came back
to life”, Duncan says in describing playing with the now dubbed NehoSoul
Band. The album was created when the musicians got together to perform
in concert at Nashville during Gospel Music Week, 2004. The concert was
video taped and recorded.
The first track on the CD
“Clap Your Hands” leaves you with the impression you are in the midst of
a good old southern revival. Duncan can be heard doing what he does best
entertaining. “Clap Your Hands” first appeared on Duncan’s CD “Joyride”
in 2001and was recorded with Ashley Cleveland, whose music is also featured
on Duncan’s website in the “Road to Redemption” sessions.
On “Step By Step” we are
introduced to the talents of Fletch Wiley on trumpet and flugelhorn. He
also plays the flute on “Music City Live”. The song
“Blue Skies”, is a track
that was co-written by Duncan and Reed Vertelney and highlights bassist
Tim Gaines. Duncan's soulful vocals are at their best on this song. It
is a song that any mainstream smooth jazz station would be proud to add
have on its play list. The song first appeared on his 1997 CD by
the same name.
I remember when I interviewed
Bryan Duncan in March he said hearing “good musicians” play “Wheels of
a Good Thing” brought tears to his eyes while he was on stage. This is
the type of music Duncan enjoys and allows him to be as he often likes
to say, “comfortable in his own skin.” The song takes us all the way back
to his 1994 release of the album Slow Revival. “Wheels of A Good
Thing” allows you to fully appreciate this talented group of musicians
as Duncan introduces the various members and they each do their own mini
My personal favorite from
“Music City Live” is the cover of Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” also
from the Joyride album. McCartney penned the song during his
days with Wings. This is one of the few times when one can say that
Sir Paul has truly been outdone by another musician as Duncan brings depth
and soul to a song that was originally recorded as a pop tune.
The other members of the
NehoSoul Band who contribute to the album’s success are Matthew Burgess
on percussion, Samuel A Matthews on drums, Walter Finch on lead guitar
and Phil Curry compliments Bryan Duncan on keyboards.
As you can tell like most
concerts Music City Live is really a revisiting of some classic
Bryan Duncan tunes performed with a new group of musicians and creating
a new sound. This album is timeless and will go down as one of the classics
of all time.
By Joe Montague, exclusive
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Joe Montague is a freelance
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the United States. Joe Montague's ministry of journalism is dedicated
to the memory of his late son Kent David Montague who went to heaven far
too early at the age of 18.