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Ricky D & The Red Flames
"Don't X Me Out"

© Laughing Sam

February 04 - 10, 2018

Year of Release: 2006
  • You Gimme Grief
  • Up All Night
  • That's The Way It Is
  • Heaven Has The Blues
  • Come Back To Me
  • Can't Judge A Book
  • Don't X Me Out
  • Evolution
  • Adroid Love
  • Thinking Of You
  • Feels Good
  • I Just Said That
  • Stress Death Release
  • What's You Know (Daddy O)

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    Here's another artist, from our WSVNRadio Hall of Fame, Volume 18: Ricky D & The Red Flames' Don't X Me Out. Their song, "You Gimme Grief" was chosen for this compilation.

    The band is lead by Ricky D (Rick Dias). In locating their information on the web, they were looking for a bass player. The band is from Yuba City, California. Their musical influences are Led Zeppelin, Rory Gallagher, Willie Dixon, The Yardbirds, The Beatles, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, etc. Ricky D provided lead guitar, rhythm and slide guitars, bass, keyboards, vocals, harmonica and lap steel. The other band member on this album was Chris Jamison, who provided drums, percussion, guitar, bass and vocals. With an additional bass player, they were also planning on adding another guitarist. No other information on the web I could locate, yet this band is part of our Hall of Fame.

    All of the songs from Don't X Me Out were written/co-written by Dias and Jamison. The only exception was the Willie Dixon tune, "Can't Judge A Book." Basically the tracks on this album classifies as your basic Rock band. "You Gimme Grief" and "Up All Night" sets up the pace for good Rock. "That's The Way It Is" is even better, as this one is a bit more theatrical in parts of the song -- a little like the J. Geils Band and even the Elecric Light Orchestra.

    "Heaven Has The Blues" is a blues/hard rock track, obvious of it's title, yet its more on the hard rock level. "Come Back To Me" is slow-driving, pretty impressive. Likewise, the Willie Dixon "Can't Judge A Book" has it's slow-driving blues style, yet kicks into the band's common hard rock groove. Hendrix/Zeppelin influences in this one, and this track is the longest in length - 8 minutes, 12 seconds. However, "Come Back To Me" gets the better nod.

    The title track definitely fits the ol' Delta Blues, when it all first started. If you're familiar with the likes of Robert Johnson, Leadbelly, or the early Rolling Stones, etc. this is the sound of the "original blues." "Evolution" is just basic rock, yet other tunes were better at this point. THe next track, "Adroid Love" is better than the previous one, and it's again, your basic rock track. "Thinking Of You" is a bit punkish.

    "Feels Good" fits its title -- good, bouncy, bluesy. This band gets back on the right track again. More on the upbeat rock has "I Just Said That," as this song is an instrumental. "Stress Death Release" has a mysterious atmosphere, yet it is another good track. Ending the album is "What's You Know (Daddy O)" -- as it is a good song to end the album.

    Ricky D & The Red Flames is a unique band. Maybe not a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, yet they are in our own WSVNRadio Hall of Fame. Sure, there are songs better than others here, and my votes would be for the first seven. (That's half the album there.) I didn't see any other albums released by the band, yet I'm not sure if the band remained together afterwards. But their music has its highs and lows. It has your basic Rock, hard Rock, and blues. Ricky D & The Red Flames sets the groove on most songs, and the others may or not be as good as the first seven tracks mentioned. But give them credit for one thing -- they proved in their own right to Rock, the best way they could.

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