Chris Duarte Group – Tailspin Headwhack

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Chris Duarte’s debut album, Texas Sugar/Strat Magik, promised great things, and his second album, Tailspin Headwhack, doesn’t fail to deliver. Like its predecessor, it’s a dynamic collection of hot Texas blues-rock powered by Duarte’s muscular, tasteful playing. There’s still a lack of distinctive original material, but that doesn’t matter, because he infuses each song, from the single “Cleopatra” to a cover of B.B. King’s “The Thrill Is Gone,” with energy and passion. Most importantly, Duarte is beginning to break away from his Stevie Ray and Hendrix influences and establish himself as a talented stylist in his own right, and that’s what makes Tailspin Headwhack a successful second record.

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