REVIEW album Vince Vanguard Spirit Blues

Vince Vanguard's Debut Album Is His Open Book

Spirit Blues

Vince Vanguard

Vince Vanguard is ready to share his open and empathetic blues rock and americana album 'Spirit Blues.' The 10 song album is a collection of stories of his darker journey through addiction and overcoming his demons.

Overall, the album is folksy, country and americana based with blues elements sprinkled into songs like "Broken Bones," "Levon Jackson," and "Bound for Glory." His vocals are wildly similar to Jackson Browne meets Paul Simon; it's smooth and soulful. His sound is like a Derek Trucks Band meets The Allman Brothers meets The Grateful Dead. His music is utterly gripping and invites repeated listens.

The last song, "Just So You Know" stands out because is a goodbye to his relationship with alcohol. The country ballad was written in the early days of his recovery and a perfect bookend to such a moving piece.

The musicians joining Vince in the studio are Colorado-based A-list players including, Adam Deitch, drums (Lettuce, Break Science, John Scofield), Garret Sayers, bass (The Motet), Marcus Rezak, lead guitar (solo artist, Shred is Dead), and Bill McKay, organ (formerly of Leftover Salmon and the Derek Trucks Band), among others.