Kenny Dubman – Reckless Abandon
By Andy Upton
Like a breath of fresh air, NJ native Kenny Dubman has released his first solo effort loaded with 70’s influenced rock-n-roll. The lyrical content is first and foremost the most important part but his smooth guitar work will win the listener over in no time. From the first few notes of the country/rock based “Ain’t Too Late For Memphis” to the last few bars of “After The Bomb Fell”, Kenny keeps the listener enthralled with superb writing and excellent musicianship.
Not copying past artists, but enjoying their influence & sound – Kenny at times channels everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Rush. “Devil’s Brew” reminds me of a cross between Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen but it goes a step further with a blended sound that digs down deep. If acoustic guitar driven rock is your pleasure, you’ll find plenty to love with “Angel of Mercy”, “Three Little Words” and the aforementioned “After the Bomb Fell”. Straight up rockers include “Son of a Colt .45” and “Ghost on the Wind” – both will take the listener back in time to when we all had the windows down and the radio blaring while we watched the city lights quickly fade away in our rear view mirrors. “Brother Against Brother” with its subtle Civil War-era theme showcases Kenny’s wonderfully raspy vocals and the listener is further treated to some fine piano (“Wolf at the Door”) and terrific Hammond organ (“Sunset Serenade”).
If you are a fan of 70-80’s arena rock, soulful southern rock or are just looking for something besides the same old boring crap on the radio, check out Kenny Dubman’s debut album as soon as you get a chance. Deep soul searching lyrics combined with fantastic musical performances are waiting for your listening pleasure.