HPMA Showcase: The 12 Best Artists of 2012
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As musicians, the boys have chops; the guitar lines that could be static and boring become something big and spacey while the drumming shifts between straightforward dance beats and fancy flourishes. Plus, who doesn't like a good cowbell breakdown near the end of a set? CORY GARCIA
Nick Greer & the G's: In his all-black getup accented with a red bow tie, Nick Greer didn't look like the blues funkster he turned out to be. Backed with a tick-tock-tight rhythm section, Greer poured out some greasy Dr. John-ified soul that had the crowd at Ben's Beans grooving immediately.
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It didn't hurt that he had a four-piece brass section -- two trombones, two trumpets -- who, in their matching blue dress shirts and ties, dressed up Greer's funky tunes with some serious Crusaders swagger. This is definitely a band I'll be catching a show with soon. WILLIAM MICHAEL SMITH
Electric Attitude: Not only did Electric Attitude sound great, but their lead singer Blake Shepherd, had a great deal of charisma and stage presence. You could not take your eyes off him. If he keeps up the good work, I think the band will go far.
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One of the other highlights was bass player/singer Kwesi Sackey's near-falsetto voice. To me, it really stood out (but in a good way). Bottom line: Electric Attitude has attitude. CHRISTINA LYNN