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Turn Me Loose
Mark Rivera
Label: MREG
Release Date: June, 2012
Review Date: July 1, 2012

Turn Me Loose is Mark Rivera’s first single from the soon-to-be-released debut CD, Common Bond, due out this fall and what an explosively great tune this is.  If this is a sample of what the rest of the CD has in store for us, we’re all in for an incredibly delectable, sinfully enjoyable musical treat.

Under the steady, guiding hand of producer Jimmy Bralower (who also co-wrote all of the original tunes,  including Turn Me Loose), Mark worked with some of his close musician friends to crank out this rocker.  Oh, and those friends?  On guitars are Steve Conte (New York Dolls, Billy Squire, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Willie DeVille) and Jonny Cale; on drums is Charley Drayton (Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones, Fiona Apple, Courtney Love); Jeff Kazee (Bon Jovi,  Southside Johnny) on keyboards; and, on bass, John Conte (John Mayer, Jon Bon Jovi, Levon Helm and Peter Wolf).

The musicianship and production quality of this song is stellar.  Mark’s sax work is as awesome as ever with its bluesy, dirty, guttural sound that we’ve all grown to know and love over the last forty years he’s been playing. The groove that stomps blasts from the speakers makes this non-dancing white boy think that he can actually dance . . . and without the aid of alcohol.

On other tunes on the album, Rivera gets help from a few friends like Ringo Starr, Billy Joel and Nils Lofgren.  How cool is that?  Watch for the Boomerocity review of the rest of the album upon its release this fall. But until then, rock out to this blazing hot rocker by Mark Rivera.  You’re really, really going to love it!

Written by Randy Patterson
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