Sunday Take Five ~~ October 6, 2019
I’m still trying to catch up with the avalanche of great music that is coming my way via artists and publicists. It’s a wonderful problem to have and while I’m listening to things every day, it cuts into my reviewing time so here’s a look at some titles that might otherwise not receive the attention they deserve.
Doug Duffey And Badd Play The Blues This is a solid release with nine tracks of original music. Three of the tracks stood out for me, The Things We Used To Do, Evil, and Have You Ever, but the remaining numbers are nothing to sneeze at and could very easily receive airplay. I wasn’t familiar with the band, but I recommend you get acquainted with them soon!
Screamin’ John & TD Lind Mr. Little Big Man Screamin’ John, aka John Hawkins and TD Link, aka Tim Arlon, make a powerful team with each playing guitar and Arlon adding vocals and piano. They are backed by Jeff Crane on bass, Paul Culligan on drums, and Joel Pinkerton on harp. Pinkerton does a fantastic job, and I look forward to catching more of their work soon. The CD is a mix of originals with some covers of Magic Sam, Taj Mahal, Jimmy Reed, BB King, and Lead Belly. Definitely worth a listen.
Biscuit Miller And The Mix Chicken Grease Funky, bluesy, and oh so much fun. Miller plays a wicked bass and sings from his soul. He’s joined by Doctor Love on drums and vocals, Bobby B. Wilson on guitar, Alex “Southside” Smith on guitar, and John Ginty on all sorts of keyboards. Marcus Robinson guests with his lap steel guitar on two outstanding tracks, 609 and Chicken Grease. The remaining songs are a lot of fun and should deliver your quotient of funk for the month!
Brody Buster’s One Man Band Damn! I Spilled The Blues Listening to Brody Buster is a lot of fun. Seeing him play live – so many instruments played at a high level – is nothing short of amazing. Buster can do things with a harmonica in a rack while playing guitar and drums, that many harp players can’t do with it in their hands. This album was produced by Kenny Neal and you can hear the upgrade from his previous EP. Buster wrote or co-wrote all ten of the songs and there are several different tracks that will be receiving airplay. It’s on VizzTone, so should be fairly easy to find wherever you buy albums.
Ghost Town Blues Band Shine I’ve had a chance to listen to a few of GTBB’s albums and have found them to be very underrated. The members are strong musicians and they have a great sound. Outstanding tracks for me include Soda Pop, High Again, My Father’s Son, and Evangelie. If you haven’t put this group on your radar, I encourage you to do so. You just might find yourself becoming a fan.