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Charlie Apicella & Iron City

Sparks

The funky organ trio, Iron City smear their tunes with handfuls of smooth-ruffling blues and grease-sliding soul adorning the band‘s forthcoming album Sparks with an elysian tinting in their soft billowing fields. Fronted by guitarist Charlie Apicella and supported by Dave Mattock on Hammond organ and Alan Korzin on drums, Iron City play sophisticated blues in the vane of Grant Green and Muddy Waters. Their friezes of Americana blues and smooth soul have an urban feel, and bate the listener with easy-riding grooves and cozy homespun harmonies. Featuring special guests Stephen Riley on saxophone and Amy Bateman and John Blake, Jr. on violins, Sparks inspires a mischievous roaming with a spirit that my not know its destination but it enjoys the journey.

With a mix of original tunes and covers, Iron City let their imagination take over with a ribbon of corkscrew saxophone spirals embellishing the title track, and gales of buoyant guitar strings in “Sookie Sookie.” Each track moves to the human pulse radiating positive vibes and emotive surges. The organ acquiesces to the chord movements of the guitar as the horns halo “Caracas” in bouncing swirls. Interchanging movements between the sloshing gallops of “Sweet And Sounded” to the slow hip-swaying strut of “Blues In Maude‘s Flat,” Iron City’s tracks pervade a type of holiest sanctuary propped up by bluesy therapeutic waves gelled in soul-encrusted slicks. The band keeps their seams tight along the chord transitions as the instruments meld into each other and produce a meditative aesthetic.

Charlie Apicella & Iron City make music that keeps peoples feet tapping, their hips swaying and their heads bopping along to the grooves. Their album has an everyday feel combining Americana blues and smooth soul into a mix that is pure therapy for the senses.

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