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CD review: Petey and the Ravens ‘Wicked Visions’ their way

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Petey and the Ravens ‘Wicked Visions’

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Orlando singer/songwriter/guitarist Pedro “Petey” Rodriguez wasn’t fully satisfied with the sound on the Petey and the Ravens’ debut CD “Broken Heart,” so for this CD he built his own home studio, Ravenstudios. This way he could record, produce and engineer his songs himself and the result is “Wicked Visions,” a smooth flowing fusion of rock and blues music that is felt as deeply as it’s heard. The songs on “Wicked Visions” take the listener on a satisfying aural journey rife with heartfelt personal lyrics, artistic guitar solos and mammoth musical jams.

The CD opens with the title track, a song about the destructive relationship between Rodriguez’s parents and features a strong guitar line at the forefront highlighted by the rhythmic thrum of the bass and punctuated by horns popping up throughout the song. “Candy Love” tells the story about finding love when you least expect it with a backdrop of steady beating musical rhythms. A funky, pulsating bass line emphasizes the vibe on “Bewitched” and “Love Blues.”

“Sun In My Eyes” is an instrumental song with simmering intensity created out of Rodriguez’s trip to the Valley of the Stones in Cajamarca, Peru. The other instrumental song on the CD, “Blues 9” has a steady rhythmic bass line running under the wrangling between the horns and a searing guitar as they battle for prominence.

The horn arrangements in “You Are So Lovely” and “Midnight Blues” give the songs a sultry, jazzy tone floating over the warm blues notes. The haunting, lonely sax sounds in “Lost Without Your Love” adds to the dripping emotion in the song while “Dazin’ Away” has a classic blues feel to it.

This is a terrific CD for music fans to enjoy. Sadly, the CD is not due out until April, but fans can still hear the songs on the band’s Reverbnation profile and can contact the band on there to get an early release copy of the new CD. Music fans can also check out Petey and the Ravens on their official site, Facebook page and Twitter.

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