August 2015 Local Music Reviews

Local Review: Tony Holiday and the Velvetones – No Need To Rush It

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Tony Holiday and the Velvetones

Tony Holiday and the Velvetones
No Need To Rush It

Midnight Records Productions
Street: 05.19
Tony Holiday and the Velvetones = Cody Canada + Kenny Wayne Shepard + William Clarke

Tony Holiday and the Velvetones have given us their first album, No Need To Rush It, and Holiday’s signature energy is all over it. It’s good to hear that harmonicas are making a comeback. With all the recent fuss over banjos, the bluesy swagger of a harmonica is music to darkly lit bars across the nation. Now, I’m not saying that this album is anything close to dark—quite the opposite. I actually danced a bit while listening, which is almost unique in the blues genre. The album seems to reflect a life on the road, and the tolls are addressed with the same whimsy any hard-working man could relate too. This album does sit on the rocky edge of the blues spectrum, but it doesn’t forget to slow down when it needs to. No Need To Rush It is the type of blues that can cure the blues; which, from what I understand, is what great blues is all about. –Benjamin Tilton