Lloyd Spiegel BackroadsFor his latest release, Lloyd Spiegel has put his acoustic guitar back in the rack for what could be the best blues/rock album of his distinguished career.

Most of these songs relate to the often used theme of emotional wins and losses – mostly losses – of a musician on the road. What is definitely not formulaic are the varied arrangements Spiegel brings to each track. Lisa Baird’s trombone and backing vocals on Betcha Bottom Dollar, and Lyn Bowtell’s harmony and lead vocals on Christina, are perfectly placed. So too are Spiegel’s tasteful solos on Man On Fire and the album’s instrumental closing track Emerald City Sky, where he channels Jimi Hendrix’s Little Wing.

Backroads is out now via Only Blues.

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