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  • JIMMY VIVINO & THE BLACK ITALIANS, 13 Live, Blind Pig Records
    November 20 2012 the band reformed for a live show and recording at the late Levon Helm s studio performance space in Woodstock NY It proved to be a first rate undertaking that reflects the same diversity as Vivino s original Black Italians from the early 90s Vivino who handles the guitars and vocals and contributed several original songs leads a multi piece band through rave ups blues ballads and straight up jamming All are notable players at the top of their game however these Black Italians are not trying to outdo one another they work very much as a unit to keep a groove together nicely Vivino shares vocal duties throughout with knockout singer Catherine Russell who sounds sexy and sassy on Soulful Dress On Vivino s own slow blues Fool s Gold a torch song about facing life s regrets Russell releases a slow burn of emotion that rises to challenge and complement Vivino s guitar Vivino is again complemented on his Chuck Berry influenced composition Heaven In A Pontiac by the swinging rhythms of drummer James Wormsworth Mike Jacobson congas percussion and Fred Walcott timbales percussion Keyboardist Danny Louis appropriately adds his ivory pounding Johnnie Johnson style to the rockin road song A little more than halfway through their set the group pulls out a respectfully improvised version of Traffic s Light Up Or Leave Me Alone again accentuated by Vivino s dynamic guitar and Danny Louis versatile keyboards Russell takes over lead vocals again on one of the show s highlights James Brown s What Do I Have To Do To Prove My Love To You She soars along with the entire band particularly Felix Cabrera s harp Danny Louis trombone and Mike Merritt s bass guitar which is finally showcased The Black Italians put their

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  • DAVE HERRERO & THE HERO BROTHERS, Corazon, Hero Music Group, CD review
    on guitar and though a bit different in age Herrero 35 Reyes 55 when the CD was released the two talents combine easily and blend their sounds into a blues stew that can t be beat The other Hero Brothers are Ed Strohsahl on bass and Henrik Maarud on drums who keep the backbeat hot The band simmers through a set of many styles with ease and supplies the kind of dynamic backing that a voice like Herrero s demands not too heavy to drown him out not too thin to the point of being overpowered It is a voice that is at once big and bluesy yet sensitive enough to do justice to a ballad like Angeline served up in acoustic guitar with a dash of Southern soul It has the sass of a young Kris Kristofferson to my ears or a throaty hint of Black Crows and a small pinch of Steve Earle in there too Mean Wicked World is a second helping of tasty acoustic guitar superb playing with great tone and dynamics and something I d like to hear more of on a future Herrero release Pass the Bo Diddley sauce So I Can Die Easy hits that groove right in the pocket and the slide guitar is like a sonic slab of ribs good and greasy Here s one to satisfy the blues purists but it has a lasting aftertaste of something new too Some sure footed drumming here by Maarud gets this song up on legs and running nicely Won t Be Too Long fires up the grill with a veritable barbeque of rockin rhythm and reminds me of the kind of music that sounds so fine on a hot summer night a good side dish for red hot brats and burgers If you can t get up and move to this kind of music it might be a good idea to cut out some of the fat from your CD collection and get into a diet of this kind of dancin blues What s this on the menu Bob Dylan Steeped in a Grateful Dead marinade Well hell yeah why not It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry has what it takes to smooth out the lump de lumps in this rollicking rendition of the classic song This is a hot little number it really wanders through the riffs but I ll bet it can pack the dance floor Herrero s upper register stirs things up on Cheatin Blues and he sings some great parallel stuff along with his guitar on this slow familiar grind He chases solos up and down all over the neck squeezing and bending with a soulful intensity to the very end This is the track I m betting gets the majority of the airplay from the CD and for good reason as it shows the band knows how to deliver the down and dirty blues Lover Man has another hook sure to get

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  • THE CASH BOX KINGS, Black Toppin', Blind Pig Records, CD review
    the Velvet Underground s Run Run Run Don t worry blues purists you are going to like this cut just as much as the rest of this backward looking project Black Toppin features retro styled music that simultaneously projects an alternative blues future one that doesn t overwhelm with guitar dominated blues rock or radio ready rap tracks Instead The Cash Box Kings resurrect sounds and styles almost forgotten in today s blues market and make them sound brand new again Oscar s originals are fewer in number but always fun He provides the catchy title track in Black Toppin and maybe my favorite cut this time around in the steamy Hot Biscuit Baby His covers include tracks made popular by Little Walter Lightning Slim and Jimmy Rogers The fact Oscar and Joe s originals can stand side by side with these giants speaks volumes about the quality of their songwriting and their singing too Perhaps The Cash Box Kings not so secret weapon is guitarist Joel Paterson Joel sounds comfortable with any style thrown at him Always tasteful and playful whether jumping or biting Joel s playing never settles for clichés or overstays its welcome Joel is most often aided and abetted by his partner in the Modern Sounds standup and electric bassist Beau Sample Texan Beau s recent move to the Chicago area has certainly been the blues capital s gain With Kenny Beedy Eyes Smith most often on the drums you know The Cash Box Kings have got a rhythm section that will keep you dancing Special mention should also be made of the other contributors to Black Toppin Billy Flynn and Gerry Hundt add some additional guitar licks and Gerry some electric bass as well Mark Haines and Alex Hall drum when Kenny doesn t Jerry

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  • SENA EHRHARDT, All In, Blind Pig, CD review
    really play The effect is obvious that Sena grew up in a house full of music most notably influenced by the blues On the second tune a cover of Solomon Burke s Cry To Me they borrow extensively from a well known Miss Raitt s arrangement and delivery playbook But the comparison should not be considered a problem here as they pull it off easily and convincingly and it segues well into the funkier side of blues with the subsequent title track All In written by Sena and her dad Track number 4 moves into the heavier rockin side of blues with I Want To Get You Back penned by famed blues producer Tom Hambridge and Gary Nicholson This song is one of my personal favorites on the CD and the interplay between Sena s vocal tones and her father s guitar works really well Both equally contribute to the overall strength of this song and I would be surprised if you didn t find yourself singing along My second favorite song follows up next as a more traditional slower blues tune in Albert Collins Cold Cold Feeling It s great to hear such depth and feeling from such a young singer Her delivery is strong and with the emotion you would expect from a much more seasoned performer I m sure this is where the experience of producer Jim Gaines becomes obvious and was a good move The CD continues on with nary a bad song to be found anywhere all the way through the end This brings me back to a comment from the first paragraph Upon the first listen As is common with a release from new and upcoming artists trying to prove their worth each and every song is a different style of blues There s

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  • VARIOUS ARTISTS, Remembering Little Walter, Blind Pig Records
    to capturing the essence of his unmitigated brilliance Cut live at Anthology in San Diego Remembering Little Walter lives up to its title as five of the blues arena s top harpists do fine versions of two Walter songs each for an appreciative crowd Obviously an expert in such matters guitarist Little Charlie Baty former leader of the Nightcats knows how to frame each of them for maximum efficiency with his crisp fluid licks summoning up memories of the Myers brothers Robert Jr Lockwood and Luther Tucker as his rhythm section displays unerring taste throughout First up is Mark Hummel who swings through I Got To Go while letting loose with some full bodied harp blasts he comes back later on to tastily revive Walter s after hours instrumental Blue Light whipping out his chromatic for the occasion Charlie Musselwhite no doubt learned a few licks first hand from Walter here he delves into the lights out Just A Feeling and the rollicking One Of These Mornings his delightfully laidback vocal delivery counterpointing some of the evening s most imaginative harmonica soloing Though chronologically younger by a few years Billy Boy Arnold was a contemporary of Walter s on the Chicago circuit He grabs hold of the classic shuffle You re So Fine and makes it sound like 1953 all over again Baty and Nathan James interlocking guitars providing the perfect backdrop for Arnold s forceful vocal and harp work Billy s treatment of the downbeat Can t Hold Out Much Longer is just as impressive at 77 years of age Billy Boy remains at the top of his game James Harman swings through It s Too Late Brother and the rollicking Crazy Mixed Up World with engaging ease and Sugar Ray Norcia contributes on target renditions of Mean Old

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  • JAMES COTTON, Cotton Mouth Man, CD review
    on Midnight Train Warren Haynes tears through the rock slanted one chord boogie Something For Me which comes slathered in raucous slide and Keb Mo largely keeps it low key on Mississippi Mud it s weird to hear him sing about Cotton s life in the first person and Wasn t My Time To Go Ruthie Foster contributes an emotionally charged vocal on the downbeat minor key entry Wrapped Around My Heart and the ever reliable McClinton steps up to the mic for a driving Hard Sometimes one of the set s highlights Darrell Nulisch the longtime regular vocalist in Cotton s own band sings five more he may not have the marquee value of some of the other singers on the set but he s better suited to Cotton s needs Nulisch delivers the disc s lone cover Muddy Waters Bird Nest On The Ground is a fitting choice since Cotton spent a dozen years in Waters employ after coming to Chicago with him in 1954 he was gone by the time Muddy waxed it for Chess in 67 The opening title track romps along fine until Joe Bonamassa unfurls a bizarre rocked out guitar solo that temporarily derails it fortunately it s his lone appearance Chuck Leavell provides a steady presence on the 88s throughout solid Nashville sessioneers provide much of the backing though Cotton s own bandsmen guitarist Tom Holland bassist Noel Neal and drummer Jerry Porter turn in nice work when called upon The acoustic closer Bonnie Blue lets us know that Cotton is still game for showcasing what s left of his ravaged pipes in the right situation over Colin Linden s sympathetic resonator guitar and his own tough harp he movingly tells us of his life with a gravitas that s impossible to replicate

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  • MARK ROBINSON, Have Ax--Will Groove, blues CD review
    a moaning blues harp Mark proclaims Throw my cell phone out the window Don t want to talk to nobody no more I wanna drive real fast This is great roadhouse blues and sets the mood for a disc that s ready to move The second tune Baby s Gone to Memphis continues this driving rocking groove but adds some sweet vocal harmonies on the chorus compliments of Vicki Carrico and Jonell Mosser The song s protagonist tells us his baby s gone to see the King and will be hanging out with him at the Peabody Hotel Well if a blues man s got to lose his lady it s best to lose her to the King and turn that heartbreak into a smoking highway song The third track Angel of Mercy is a slower tune with Michael Webb giving it a nice gospel feel on the Hammond organ with a gently flowing solo and the angels singing beautiful backup vocals Robinson s vocal is emotional without the least touch of melodrama or self pity as he begs the angel of mercy to carry him home In fact all his vocals are fresh without artifice and delivered straight from the heart Track four Cool Rockin Daddy swings displaying Mark s formidable guitar chops without putting them in your face One of my instant faves on the disc the song is made even stronger by Ben Graves alto sax adding the perfect punctuation to Mark s unhurried vocal and macho lyric We re driving hard on Broke Down featuring slide guitar and an insistent tom heavy drum part carrying the clean harp solo cool vocal and simple message Pull My Coat could easily fit on an Eric Clapton CD It s some great Chicago blues reinvented and laid down by a seasoned unhurried journeyman I love the Texas shuffle turning the beat around as Mark begs Won t you please explain What am I supposed to do before showing us he knows exactly what to do with a groove this tough Lifetime Prescription paints a dark picture of the blues man s life love those painted women with their cigarettes and gin I ve got a lifetime prescription for the blues The visual appeal of this beautifully crafted ballad is perfectly complemented by a guitar that makes no excuses for the life he s chosen Tom Waits couldn t have said it better Rhythm Doctor takes us down to New Orleans with a snappy second line beat that casts my musical mind back in time to the hey day of Little Feat all this tune needs is a plate of grilled oysters a bowl of red beans and rice Mark must ve been channeling the late great Lowell George when he stewed up this greasy melody Beads for everybody bon temps What s The Matter Baby takes us back to the West Side of Chicago with a groove that tips its hat to Snatch It Back and Hold It The

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  • JJ GREY & MOFRO, This River, Alligator Records,CD Review
    and performing the deepest most soulful songs of his career The River in question is Jacksonville s St John s River and the memories Grey paints recall freewheeling celebrations Florabama somber introspection Somebody Else heartfelt ballads The Ballad of Larry Webb and late night Southern Soul Your Lady She s Shady The expertly arranged and executed songs are long on groove emotionally riveting and dripping with effortlessly smooth melodies Grey doesn t so much break new ground on This River it s all blissfully familiar and accessible as he demonstrates a mastery of his craft The emotions are real the band is kickin and JJ s vocals are as rich and impassioned as anyone in the business One of the real strengths of This River is the cohesive near telepathic communication that Grey has with his long time band MOFRO Much like Neil Young s legendary backing band Crazy Horse MOFRO and JJ are in tune to each other s every nuance and rhythm effectively playing as one voice in soulful harmony MOFRO is Art Edmaiston saxes Dennis Marion trumpet Anthony Farrell keyboards Todd Smallie bass Anthony Cole drums and Andrew Trube guitars Alligator has established a reputation as the premier Blues label and while Grey is not a traditional blues artist his songs and his soulful passionate vocals transcend easy categorization At its best the blues is about real people and real emotions music that people can relate their own personal triumphs and tragedies to JJ Grey does that and more His lyrics speak to the pain and joy we all endure and celebrate his melodies are memorable and at times anthemic and the rhythm is perfectly infectious making JJ Grey and MOFRO a must see this summer It s an experience sure to leave the listener swaying to

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