Mambo Sons - Play Some Rock & Roll
"Play Some Rock & Roll" is the second Mambo Sons CD that I have had the privilege of reviewing. I would liken listening to Mambo Sons' music to dining at a classic rock smorgasbord. Just as we the consumers are the sum of our various listening favorites, so are Mambo Sons the offspring of their influences, sort of a mixture of DNA of some of the greatest rock bands of all time. You will find within their work elements of the Stones, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Beatles etc. all woven together into a sound that is warmly familiar yet uniquely Mambo Sons.

The CD is certainly appropriately titled as it is primarily a rock recording, though again the distinction between much of classic
rock and blues/rock is a fine line at best. Tom Guerra provides the elegantly tasteful guitar licks and some vocals, with fellow Mambo Son Scott Lawson again providing the bulk of the vocal work. Guerra and Lawson also co-wrote each of the 11 excellent songs. Add an solid and diverse rhythm section of Jeff Keithline on bass and Mike Hayden on drums and you have all the ingredients for a most formidable musical force, and indeed the Mambo Sons are just that.

This CD, as was the case in the band's previous self-titled release, is of top quality from start to finish. There are songs like "I Get Around Too Much" which demonstrate a Stones influence, a beautiful "Our Time Is Getting Closer", done in the memory and style of the late giant George Harrison, a very hot blues/rocking track "Rockaway", a Byrd-like "What You Got", and perhaps my favorite track, "'79" which showcases Guerra's very fine and hard driving slide guitar. The entire recording, as previously stated, is all good.

The CD is available from the official Mambo Sons web site at or from the very fine folks at my favorite supplier CD Baby at Should you order though his home site, you will find that not only is Mr. Guerra a terrific musical artist, he is also a very nice person as well, exactly the kinds of people we enjoy presenting to you here at Bluesrockers.

The Band:
Tom Guerra - Guitars and Vocals
Mike Hayden - Drums and Vocals
Jeff Keithline - Bass and Vocals
Scott Lawson - Lead Vocals

1. I Get Around Too Much 2. Blame It All On You 3. Come On Back 4. Strawberry Hill
5. River Is Wide 6. Little Live Thing 7. Our Time Is Getting Closer 8. Rockaway
9. '79 10. What You Got 11. Everything Was Mine

2002 Case Del Soul Productions
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