Michigan soul band Root Doctor plays a diverse mix of classic soul and R&B alongside traditional blues and original material. Along with over 20 years of club, concert and festival performances, they have released four previous recordis to local and national acclaim. This latest release features all original material, and the guitar work of Bill Malone is crisp and exciting against the wonderful keyboards of Mike Skory. The horn section of eight players is a real joy and the song arrangements contain much to excite with a heady mix of trumpet, sax, trombone, harmonica and accordion to augment the traditional four piece blues band. With Freddie Cunningham delivering a soulful sound on vocals, the groove is infectious across these songs of lovin’ and leavin’, together with a salutary look at social inequality on the final track Land of the Free. You can bet that this collection delivers at all stages and song titles such as Baby, You’re Bad, Set Me Free, Pay the Rent, You’re Gonna Lose, and Someone Else is Steppin’ In do exactly what it says on the tin … Wonderful stuff.