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SINGLE REVIEW: Not Giving Up by Roadcase Royale

So much of the hard rock of the 1970s was male dominated. The coarse term for it was even “cock rock.” Male fronted bands dominated the decade and the genre. One shining star of feminine power was the band Heart. Nancy Wilson from that act is one of the members of this band. It seems appropriate as this act continues that tradition of empowering women to showcase that same kind of male dominated music.

In addition to Wilson who provides both some of the vocals and some of the guitars, there is one more singer here. That’s Liv Warfield who cut her teeth performing with Prince. She has a soulful sound to her voice and a register that allows she and Wilson to really collaborate with one another well.

Ryan Waters is the other guitarist in this band. Ben Smith handles the drums with bassist Dan Rothchild filling out the rhythm section. Keyboards are performed by Chris Joyner and Ben Smith beats the skins. They provide a great musical tapestry. This is definitely a band, but as far as I’m concerned Wilson and Warfield are the stars. Whether you agree or not, let’s hope this act keeps dishing out the music.

I really like the old school blues vibe of the song. The more powerhouse approach on some sections works well, too. Overall this is a classy screamer that feels like it could fit well in the 1970s. That’s particularly true because that era of music was built heavily on this kind of blues rock.

Nancy Wilson was at the forefront of the movement for women to challenge men for the hard rock throne. It’s good to see that she’s continuing the fight in style, and enlisting a worthy new-comer to help her in that battle.

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by Mary Angela Tobin

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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