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REVIEW: KENNY ACOSTA - "FULL MOON ON BLUES STREET"

Blewzzman
November 2007
Posted: November 21, 2007

Down in Louisiana, along the banks of the Mississippi River, there's a very soulful and charismatic blues man who's currently paying his dues, while quickly working his way up to becoming a household name in the blues community. No, I don't mean that Delta Blues Man, he's already a household name. However if you did take the legendary Dr. John, dispatched him of his voodoo and elixirs, made him a bit more articulate and stood him behind a guitar rather than sat him in front of a piano - you'd now have the blues man I'm talkin' about -KENNY ACOSTA.

On "FULL MOON ON BLUES STREET", his third release, KENNY ACOSTA on guitar and vocals, is joined by: SHAWN MANGUNO and BILL STEWART on drums; MIGUEL HERNANDEZ on bass; N C THURMAN on Hammond B3 organ and piano; and KEVIN MC KENDREE on Hammond B3 organ.

The disc opens with an original - which at a recent live show, KENNY announced that he had written for his lovely wife SUE - titled "NOBODY'S BETTER THAN YOU". KENNY seems very happy to announce that as a result of nobody being better than her, that nobody has it better than him. The song is slow but funky and features good soulful vocals by KENNY, backed up by a mellow yet funky rhythm section.

Some of KENNY'S best vocals can be heard on the slow and soulful Ray Charles ballad called "HARD TIMES". It's stuff like this that is quickly making KENNY ACOSTA one of my favorite blues vocalists.

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