Although "Love Potions and Snake Oil" is his debut album, D.B. Rielly is deeply rooted in the American musical landscape. Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist on accordion, banjo, and guitar, D.B. Rielly has forged his sound that includes alt-country, zydeco, blues, and rock through a variety of experiences that led him to share the stage with people of the caliber of B.B. King, Chubby Checker, and Paul Schaffer, and perform in famous music venues like Lincoln Center, The Apollo Theater, and The Montreux Jazz Festival. His musical vision is deep and vivid, rich in humor, and carries us to the deepest south, from the Mississippi Delta to New Orleans and all around Louisiana.
Upbeat zydeco, with its driving accordion and percussion, opens "Love Potions and Snake Oil," displaying all the energy and fun of One Of These Days (You're Gonna Realize). Don't Give Up On Me is much more relaxed and reminiscent of the lazy Southern California style and tone of voice of John David Souther. The soft and intimate Save All Your Kisses is reminiscent of the feeling of certain compositions by Warren Zevon, Jackson Browne, and the already-mentioned J.D. Souther. In the same vein are One Day At A Time and Love Me Today, both interpreted with richness and warmth. More rock, but with cajun/zydeco influences are I Got A Girlfriend, We're All Going Straight To Hell and Loving You Again, while Changed My Mind is a winding delta blues and Got A Mind leaves D.B. Rielly by himself to sing, play frailing-style banjo and percussion in a story that smacks of old-time Appalachia. In short, a varied and enjoyable album that is smart and entertaining.
— Remo Ricaldo, The Long Journey
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