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19 Jul 2017

Tucci "Olivia" 2017 US Blues Rock

Tucci "Olivia" 2017 US Blues Rock


The new Tucci Band album Olivia (2017 Hideaway Records) is a first rate rockin’ blues CD featuring the twin influences of the Chicago blues and the Allman Brothers Band sound that Steve Tucci has been associated with for a long time. “Doc” Tucci (yes.. he is a real doctor!) assembled a stellar cast of singers and guitar players to assist him (on guitar) and his brother Michael (on drums) including Larry McCray (vocals, guitar), Shawn Murphy (vocals, sax), Al Owen (vocals), Harry DeBusk (bass), Ira Stanley (slide guitar), Bob Dielman (guitar), Donnie Richards (organ) and Dan Ryan (keyboards). And on one very special cut, Play By the Rules, you get to hear one of the last recordings of the incredible Dan Toler on guitar. (Dan was with the Allman Brothers Band for three albums, the Greg Allman band on their hit records, and with Dickey Betts Great Southern band.) 

Larry McCray is a fabulous bluesman in his own right with over a half dozen previous albums. He is featured on my favorite cut from the CD, High Roller, as well as on I Don’t Need It, and the grindin’ blues tunes You Hurt Me and Without You. I also enjoyed the title cut Olivia which is a funky blues song sung by Shawn Murphy and featuring some great slide guitar work by Ira Stanley. Additionally, Train Blues is a nice southern rockin’ blues jam that has some fantastic dueling guitar riffs from Steve and Larry. 

This album does a great job of furthering the vision that Steve and Dan Toler had established on the first and only Toler Tucci Band album, Doc’s Hideaway. Dan was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease during the recording of that album and passed away shortly after it was completed in early 2013. The two of them wanted to write and record in an atmosphere of friendship and comradery. With Olivia, that vision has been actualized among a group of friends who just happen to be some of the finest blues men on the planet. The CD demonstrates that the blues brotherhood they desired is alive and well and turnin’ out some bad ass tunes…Dan Toler would be proud!!.......

The Tucci Band is from Sarasota Florida. They are led by Steve “Doc” Tucci. The band is well versed in R n’ B, Blues and Southern Rock. They were formerly known at The Toler Tucci Band and had previously released 2012’s “Doc’s Hideaway” on Larry McCray’s Magnolia Records. Unfortunately “Dangerous” Dan Toler who had also played with Dickey Betts & Great Southern, The Allman Brothers (1978 – 1982) and the Greg Allman Band passed away in February of 2013.

Tucci currently includes “Doc” guitars and vocals; Michael Tucci, drums; Shawn Murphy, saxophone and vocals; and Harry DeBusk, bass and vocals. Featured with the band on “Olivia” is the great guitarist and vocalist McCray who also has nine of his own recordings the last being 2015’s “The Gibson Sessions”; recently McCray headlined The 2016 Bradenton Blues Festival. Also joining them are Donnie Richard or Dan Ryan, keyboards; vocalist Al Owen; and guitarists Ira Stanley, Bob Dielman, and the late Toler.

All of the songs were written by Tucci who also plays guitar throughout the recording. He sings lead on “Overtaxed Blues” and on “Hey Florida” both of which feature Ryan on the keyboards. “Olivia”, the title track, is sung by Murphy and features Stanley on slide. Murphy sings again on “Train Blues” and on the closer “Third Eye” on which Dielman is added on guitar.

McCray plays guitar on eight tracks and sings on “High Roller”, and “I Don’t Need It” featuring Richards on the B-3. He also sings on “Gimme Some of Your Love”, “Without You”, and “You Hurt Me” once again featuring Ryan.

Toler can be heard playing guitar on “Play By The Rules” which is sung by Owen. This is the final recording from Toler who died after a long battle with ALS also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The album is dedicated to the memory of Toler who was both a good friend and mentor.

A special CD release party is planned for Sunday July 16 at Bert’s Black Widow Harley Davidson in Port Charlotte, Florida. Tucci is a great band that will have you dancing around the showroom. .....Richard Ludmerer................


01. High Roller ( 3:27)
02. Olivia ( 3:30)
03. I Don’t Need It ( 3:15)
04. Gimme Some Of Your Love ( 3:50)
05. Overtaxed Blues ( 4:31)
06. Hey Florida ( 5:49)
07. Train Blues ( 5:26)
08. Without You ( 8:03)
09. Play By The Rules ( 5:09)
10. You Hurt Me ( 5:53)
11. Third Eye (12:06)

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