RaShad The Blues Kid (New Album Alert, CD Review!)

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RaShad The Blues Kid (New Album Alert, CD Review!)

November 14, 2017:

NEW ALBUM ALERT!



Sample/Buy Ra'Shad's new debut CD COUNTRY SOUL at Amazon.

Sample/Buy Ra'Shad's new debut CD COUNTRY SOUL at iTunes.

COUNTRY SOUL Track List



1 Intro


2 Go Get It (feat. LJ Echols)


3 Shake It


4 Never Get It All


5 Back It Up


6 I Love the Blues


7 Saddle Up (feat. Napolean Demps)


8 Dance


9 Good Love


10 Shake It (Remix) [feat. J Wonn]

See Daddy B. Nice's CD Review: below.

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About RaShad The Blues Kid (New Album Alert, CD Review!)

RE-POSTED FROM DADDY B. NICE'S NEW CD REVIEWS:

November 12, 2017:

RA'SHAD (THE BLUES KID): Country Soul (Mondo Tunes) Three Stars *** Solid Debut By A New Southern Soul Artist.

COUNTRY SOUL is the first album by a young artist from Laurel, Mississippi. Fans of "grown folks, good-times" sounds in the vein of Lomax's "Swing It" (or prior to that Mel Waiter's "Swing Out Song") may want to check him out. A nominee for Best Southern Soul Debut Artist of 2016, singer/songwriter Ra'Shad McGill, recording as Ra'Shad The Blues Kid, first struck pay dirt with the mid-tempo "Shake It".

Listen to Ra'Shad singing "Shake It" on YouTube.

Charting at SouthernSoulRnB in August '16, the gently-rocking dance tune reminded your Daddy B. Nice of vintage Lee "Shot" Williams in its singer's casual singing style and sensual intimacy. Ra'Shad returned to the charts in September '17, coinciding with the album release, with "Go Get It," a duet with L.J. Echols.

Listen to Ra'Shad and L.J. singing "Go Get It" on YouTube.

Your Daddy B. Nice praised the "great, chunky rhythm track--almost like listening to reggae's archetypal rhythm section of Sly & Robbie". But while giving credit for the instrumentation to Echols, the unpretentious pleasure generated by the melody and vocal were all Ra'Shad's.

Meanwhile, Ra'Shad wasted no time, parlaying his debut single ("Shake It") into all-important touring dates and networking with other like-minded musicians. One such joint effort is "You're All That I Need," a duet with Miss Portia from her upcoming debut album, All In My Feelings.

More at home, Ra'Shad teams with Napoleon Demps on the zydeco-tinged "Saddle Up," a hit-worthy track from COUNTRY SOUL with the goods to match if not surpass the popularity of "Shake It".

Watch the official video of Ra'Shad and Napoleon singing "Saddle Up" on YouTube.

Ra'Shad was also featured on a song from Napoleon's debut album from last year, the compilation Southern Soul, Vol. 1.

Listen to Ra'Shad and Napoleon singing "Never Get It All" on YouTube.

"Get It All" is wisely reprised on COUNTRY SOUL.

Another highlight of Ra'Shad's new album is his partnering with the renowned young gun of southern soul, J-Wonn, on The Blues Kid's signature single.

Listen to Ra'Shad and J-Wonn singing "Shake It (The Remix)" on YouTube.

In fact, what may be most impressive about Ra'Shad's first effort is the sureness of the artist's grasp of southern soul. There are hardly any of the mis-steps characteristic of typical debuts. A song like the mid-tempo but rocking-out "Good Love," for example, isn't a head-turner, but for what it is, it's done well.

And yet there is one such exception--and mis-step--on the CD: the mall-generic, straight-blues "Dance". "Dance" could have been recorded by a million other blues artists. On "Dance" Ra'Shad becomes anonymous.

Listen to Ra'Shad singing "Dance" on YouTube.

The point is that only Ra'Shad The Blues Kid could have recorded "Shake It" or "Saddle Up" or the heartfelt "I Love The Blues" or the other tracks on Country Soul. Suddenly Ra'Shad becomes one IN a million, not one OF a million. Ra'Shad already understands this, as attested to by the rest of COUNTRY SOUL, and that's a huge step forward in his budding career.

--Daddy B. Nice

Sample/Buy Ra'Shad's new Country Soul CD at Amazon.

Sample/Buy Ra'Shad's new Country Soul CD at iTunes.

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