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Release: AVEY GROUWS BAND - THE DEVIL MAY CARE

AVEY GROUWS BAND - THE DEVIL MAY CARE
LABEL: SELF
RELEASE DATE: MARCH 20, 2020
2018 & 2020 International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalists
Avey Grouws Band Release Debut Full Length Album
The influence of the Mississippi River on American jazz, blues and roots music is indisputable.
Communities that have grown up along “Old Man River” gave birth to a unique sound

The Avey Grouws Band make their home in the Quad Cities, an area distinctive as the Mississippi River
flows from east to west as it passes through the heart of the Iowa cities of Davenport and
Bettendorf with sister cities of Rock Island and Moline across the river in Illinois. The mix of midwestern muscle and southern charm is reflected in the passionate, powerful and playful music of the band’s debut full-length album, “The Devil May Care.” The ten original tracks were written by
the dynamic duo of Jeni Grouws and Chris Avey. Grouws has an alto that can blow like a cool
breeze or thunder like a Kansas tornado, and Avey is a skilled guitarist that has drawn quick
comparisons to Coco Montoya and Robben Ford. The duo is backed by a skilled rhythm section of
drummer Bryan West with Randy Leasman on bass. Keys and horns augment several tracks. The
result is a very fresh sound with deep roots.

The set begins with Grouws playing the coquette teasing her man to ‘Come And Get This Love,’
with the band employing the rumba to swing format delivering a great dance number. The title
track is a clever twist on reckless behavior over an ice pick riff from Avey while Grouws sings
about a forbidden affair that may be a sin but only “the devil may care.” West rolls out a rousing
Bamboula street beat as Grouws calls on us to “turn anger into action,” on the fiery anthem ‘Rise
Up.’ The mood then shifts on the sentimental doo wop flavored love song ‘Let’s Take It Slow.’
That Midwestern muscle and appreciation for the wide-open spaces on the Iowa plains comes to
bare on the mighty rocking anthem ‘Long Road;’ a big track that features soaring vocals and a
gritty slide guitar solo.


The rhythm section drops a convincing roadhouse shuffle augmented by some tasty barrelhouse
piano as Grouws wails like Bessie Smith on the boiling ‘Let Me Sing My Blues.’ The acoustic driven
track, ‘Weary,’ is a dreamy tome of longing, to escape the day’s troubles with blissful sleep.
Grouws then adds a follow up to the title track with the scorching ‘Dirty Little Secret.’ Avey joins
her on the feel-good duet ‘Dig What You Do,’ that’s a Southern fried boogie full of fun. The
swinging album closer, ‘Two Days Off (And A Little Bit Of Liquor),’ spells out how hard-working
men and women combat the hard times with the promise of a reprieve in the weekend. The
earworm chorus will have you singing its hook all week long.
Jeni Grouws and Chris Avey officially formed the band in 2017 and have won critical acclaim in
the region ever since. The depth and strength of this strong debut, “The Devil May Care,” should
garner national attention for the group of musicians, who are the pride of the Quad Cities and
well represent the talent grown in that area of the Mississippi Valley

TRACK LIST 
1. Come and Get This Love 3.53
2. The Devil May Care 3.55
3. Rise Up 4.06
4. Let’s Take It Slow 3.03
5. Long Road 3.49
6. Let Me Sing My Blues 3.09
7. Weary 4.00
8. Dirty Little Secret 2.37
9. Dig What You Do 2.41
10. Two Days Off (and a Little Bit of Liquor) 3.57

WEBLINKS
OS: www.aveygrouwsband.com
FB Musician: www.facebook.com/aveygrouwsband/


Betsie Brown, Blind Raccoon, betsie@blindraccoon.com

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