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Got Love is another solid, soulful blues effort from Missouri's own Bel Airs, driven by bassist Dick Pruitt's weathered vocals and brother Dave Pruitt's no-frills, efficient guitar work. The trio (Michael Cherry, formerly of the Paladins, is the drummer) doesn't reach for the stars here, but works out of familiar territory, dropping a couple of originals into a mix of modern blues and early rock & roll covers. Among the highlights are a moving version of the Tams' "What Kind of Fool," the strong rhythmic playing of Michael Cherry on Willie Dixon's "Just You and I" (which also features a guest appearance by Joe Terry on piano), and a stripped-down, acoustic rendition of Isaiah "Doctor" Ross' adaptation of "Going to the River," which allows Dave Pruitt to dust off his fine slide guitar skills. Again, Got Love doesn't try to stretch any boundaries, but Dick Pruitt's soulful singing gives the Bel Airs a lot of presence, and the "just the facts, ma'am" approach to what the trio does is actually pretty comforting, a bit like hearing your favorite local blues band play at your favorite beer joint on a Friday night, and yes, you just got paid.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Formed in 1981 in Columbia, MO, by brothers Dick Pruitt and Dave Pruitt, the Bel Airs specialize in modern blues with a dose of soul. Highlighted by Dick Pruitt's raspy, expressive vocals and brother Dave's slicing guitar lines and driven by former Paladins and James Harman Band drummer Michael Cherry, the group has developed an explosive stage show that one critic likened to watching the Everly Brothers play the blues. The Bel Airs' debut album, Need Me a Car, was released on Blind Pig Records in...
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