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Review from Ben Vee Blues

October 2020 Interview by Brian Owens (pages 10-11)

October 2020 Interview by Brian Owens (pages 10-11)

Review from Rootstime, Belgium music site

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“One Dime Band is a roots/rock band around singer, guitarist and harmonica player Paul Gallucci and guitarist John Brauchler, in which both comrades who played songs by Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry together at a young age can fully ventilate their love for American roots music. In 1986 they formed the blues band The Roadhouse Sheiks in Boston, MA. In the beginning of 2000 they performed as an acoustic folk/country and blues duo and recorded an album with their favorite covers. They debuted in 2017 on their own label Toneblanket Records with 'Gonna Take Sweet Time' with only their own songs on it. Their second album 'Hoodoo & Holy Water' was released at the beginning of this year but, despite all the West African magic and extra resources deployed, they couldn't stop the Covid virus. The songs they recorded are again mainly Brauchler & Gallucci compositions. "Hard Luck Daddy" is a song by Tim Curry. Instrumentally they record a wide variety of sounds. Besides bass, drums and keys you can also hear horns (John Moriconi on trumpet & Mario Perrett on sax). 

The tone for what follows is already set with the spicy opener, the title track -an enthusiastic and very atmospheric song- "Hoodoo & Holy Water". On Hammond, introduced by Alizon Lissance, "Something Good" is a relaxed soulful gospel-like song, starring trumpeter Johnny "Blue Horn" Moriconi who, with Mario Perrett, also wrote all the arrangements for the horns. Behind the drums is Chris Anzalone, bass player is Paul Kochanski and sax player Mario Perrett. "Facing Yourself", now with drummer Jay Gillies, will continue to relax for a while - somewhat shadowy and dark - after which the tempo rises with "Hard Luck Daddy". Gallucci's harmonica stands out in this friendly country rocker. "Nobody's Dog" is a beautiful dark blues song with Lissance now on piano. "Call It Home" with Lissance on accordion could be a lullaby and, on the intriguing "Witch Child" David Gordon Jr. takes over on organ and the horns can be heard again. On the infectious rootsy "Mama's Chair" -a retrospective of someone's upbringing with a lot of decency and full of love- Jackie Damsky can then be heard on violin. There's plenty of dreaminess in the surreal scope of "Salaryman" where the dub influences can easily be heard. The album then closes effortlessly with some intimacy in the finale under the name "Little Time". “ 

“ The One Dime Band is an intriguing contemporary roots band with its own take on the Blues and related styles. Their album 'Hoodoo & Holy Water' guarantees a nice, wide and varied listening experience..." (ESC for Rootstime.be).

Review of Hoodoo & Holy Water - Metronome Magazine July 2020 by Brian M. Owens

Review of Hoodoo & Holy Water - Metronome Magazine July 2020 by Brian M. Owens

METRONOME MAGAZINE-BOSTON BY BRIAN M. OWENS ON DECEMBER 19, 2019 4.51 MB