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Dolores O’Riordan, former lead singer of The Cranberries, Dead at 46

Dolores O’Riordan, former lead singer of The Cranberries, Dead at 46

Sad news indeed.oriordan

From the New York Times:

Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of the Irish rock band the Cranberries, died on Monday in London. She was 46.

Her death was announced by her publicist, who did not specify the cause.

“Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today,” Lindsey Holmes, the publicist, said in an emailed statement, adding that Ms. O’Riordan had been in London for a recording session.

The statement said that family members are “devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police said on Monday that the police were called to a Park Lane hotel in Westminster at about 9:05 a.m., and that Ms. O’Riordan was pronounced dead at the scene. Her death is being treated as “unexplained,” the spokeswoman said.

Ms. O’Riordan wrote lyrics and often music for the Cranberries’ 1990s hits, including “Linger” (which remained on Billboard’s Hot 100 chartfor 24 weeks) and “Dreams,” which proclaimed both vulnerability and steadfastness. She was the sole writer of the noisier, angrier “Zombie,” a response to an Irish Republican Army terrorist bombing in 1993.

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BREAKING: 2018 Blues Music Award nominees announced: Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, Keb’ Mo’, N. Mississippi Allstars among nominees

From The Blues Foundation:

BREAKING: 2018 Blues Music Award nominees announced: Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, Keb’ Mo’, N. Mississippi Allstars among nominees.

TAJ MAHAL, KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD, ROBERT CRAY, NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALL-STARS, MAVIS STAPLES AND KEB’ MO’  NUMBER AMONG THE NOMINEES FOR THIS YEAR’S
BLUES MUSIC AWARDS 

Winners will be announced at the Blues Foundation’s Gala Ceremony on May 10th In Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The nominees for the 39th Annual Blues Music Awards represent a prestigious collection of acclaimed performers and rising stars that reflect the breadth and diversity of today’s blues music scene. It encompasses North Mississippi Allstars’ updated Hill Country stomps and Mavis Staples’ gospel-infused soul as well as Taj Mahal’s eclectic global fusion and Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s fiery blues rock. The Blues Music Awards, which is universally recognized as the top accolade afforded blues musicians, upholds blues’ rich cultural traditions while every year honoring the exceptional achievements in performances, recordings and songwriting.

The Blues Foundation will present the 39th Annual Blues Music Awards on Thursday, May 10th at 7 p.m. at The Memphis Cook Convention Center. Individual tickets cost $150 per person; Regular Tables for 10 are $1,500 and Premium Tables for 10 are $1,800 each. All tickets can be purchased atwww.blues.org beginning January 9th. The Blues Foundation’s block of rooms at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel will be open for reservations on January 9th; and Sheraton reservation links will be up on blues.org that day too. The Awards show is a premier event for blues musicians, professionals, and fans around the globe because not only do almost all the nominees attend the ceremony but they typically perform at it too.

Leading the nomination pack for this year’s BMAs is harmonica wizard Rick Estrin. With his group The Nightcats, Estrin is up for Band of the Year, as well as Album of the Year and Traditional Blues Album for Groovin’ In Greaseland. Estrin, a past BMA winner, also is up for Traditional Blues Male Artist, Best Instrumentalist: Harmonica, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year for his tune “The Blues Ain’t Going Nowhere.” Additionally, Nightcats’ guitarist Christoffer “Kid” Andersenis among the Instrumentalist-Guitar contenders.

The B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year look to be hotly contested categories because they feature acts with multiple nominations. Don Bryant (4 nominations) and Wee Willie Walker (5 noms) are contenders in both categories. Estrin, meanwhile, faces the duo Mike Ledbetter and Monster Mike Welch for Album of the Year, Traditional Blues Album, and Band of the Year. Ledbetter also is a B.B. King Entertainer of the Year contender and is in the running for Contemporary Blues Male Artist and Instrumentalist–Vocals, while Welch ranks among the Instrumentalist–Guitar finalists. Another multiple nominee, The North Mississippi Allstars will battle Estrin and Ledbetter & Welch for Band of the Year and are competing for Song of the Year and Rock Blues Album honors too.

This year, the Blues Foundation will be handing out 26 BMAs as they have added a pair of new categories. There now is a Blues Rock Artist of the Year award to go along with Blues Rock Album of the Year. Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Mike Zito, Walter Trout, Jason Ricci and Eric Gales are all candidates for this honor. The other new category is Instrumentalist-Vocals, which will honor the great voices that make songs so memorable. Beth Hart, Don Bryant, John Nemeth, Michael Ledbetter, Sugaray Rayford and Wee Willie Walker compose this category’s impressive list of performers.

Several winners from last year’s BMAs are back among 2018’s nominees. Curtis Salgado, a triple winner in 2017, will try to retain his Soul Blues Male Artist award, while Diunna Greenleaf and Lurrie Bell, the reigning Female and Male Traditional Blues Artists respectively, are returnees in those categories. Bobby Rush, who took home Best Album and Best Historical Album honors last year, is one of the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year candidates. 2017’s Acoustic Artist of the Year Doug MacLeod now is an Acoustic Album of the Year nominee. Multiple BMA winner Kim Wilson will attempt to hold on to his Instrumental: Harmonica crown in conjunction with nominations for Traditional Blues Album, Blues and Boogie Vol.1, and Traditional Blues Male Artist while another multi-BMA honoree Victor Wainwright has a chance to win the Instrumentalist Pinetop Perkins Piano Player again.

The Best Emerging Artist Album category offers a snapshot of blues’ multi-generational, geographically diverse appeal. Nominees include a couple of young acts: the Southern multi-instrumentalist blues duo Larkin Poe composed of the Atlanta-bred, Nashville-based Lovell Sisters, and Southern Avenue, a power-packed Memphis band whose debut disc came out on their hometown Stax Records. The Altered Five Blues BandMiss Freddye, and Tas Cru are regional success stories (Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Upstate New York, respectively) that are attracting more attention in the music world. Lastly, there’s the second-ever album from R.L. Boyce, who has lived, and made music, in Mississippi’s Hill Country for over five decades.

Blues’ vibrant heritage is wonderfully demonstrated in the five choices for Historical Album of the Year. Live at Notodden ’97 presents a previously unissued Norwegian blues festival live recording that captures the Paul deLay Band in their prime. Sony Legacy’s American Epic: The Collectionsoundtrack fills five discs with blues and all sorts of other Americana sounds from the acclaimed PBS TV series. Commemorating the 20th anniversary of his death, Luther Allison: A Legend Never Dies 1976-1997 represents Ruf Records’ comprehensive Luther Allison boxset, boasting 7 CDs and 4 DVDs. Craft Records compiled 100 John Lee Hooker songs (including rarities, live recordings and several previously unreleased tracks) into King of the Boogie to celebrate Hooker’s centennial anniversary. Craft also put together Mr. Luck: The Complete Vee-Jay Singles, a 3-CD feast of Jimmy Reed’s work from the early 1950s through the mid-1960s.

The complete list of 39th Blues Music Award nominees can be found below as well as on the Blues Foundation’s website, www.blues.org. A ballot will be sent soon to all Blues Foundation members as they have the privilege of deciding which nominees actually will take home a Blues Music Award in May. Membership to The Blues Foundation will remain open through the entire voting period from January 23rd to March 1st and ballots will be sent to new members as they join the organization by clicking on the Join Now button when visiting blues.org.

Major funding for the Blues Music Awards is provided by ArtsMemphis and Tennessee Arts Commission. The 39th BMAs also are sponsored by AutoZone, BMI, Ditty TV, First Tennessee Foundation, Gibson Foundation, and Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Blues Foundation is known around the world as being THE organization whose mission is to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form. Founded in 1980, the Memphis-based Blues Foundation has approximately 4,000 individual members and 200 affiliated local blues societies representing another 50,000 fans and professionals around the world. Its signature honors and events – the Blues Music Awards, Blues Hall of Fame, International Blues Challenge and Keeping the Blues Alive Awards – make the Blues Foundation the international center of blues music. For more information, log onto www.blues.org.

39th Blues Music Award Nominees

Acoustic Album of the Year

Catfish Keith – Mississippi River Blues
Doug MacLeod – Break the Chain
Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi – Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train
Harrison Kennedy – Who U Tellin’?
Mitch Woods – Friends Along The Way
Rory Block – Keepin’ Outta Trouble

Acoustic Artist
Doug McLeod
Guy Davis
Harrison Kennedy
Rory Block
Taj Mahal

Album of the Year
Don Bryant – Don’t Give Up on Love
Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter – Right Place, Right Time
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – Groovin’ In Greaseland
TajMo – TajMo
Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra – After a While

Band of the Year
The Cash Box Kings
Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter
Nick Moss Band
North Mississippi Allstars
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats

 B.B. King Entertainer of the Year
Bobby Rush
Michael Ledbetter
Rick Estrin
Sugaray Rayford
Taj Mahal

Best Emerging Artist Album
Altered Five Blues Band – Charmed & Dangerous
Larkin Poe – Peach
Miss Freddye – Lady of the Blues
R.L. Boyce – Roll and Tumble
Southern Avenue – Southern Avenue
Tas Cru – Simmered & Stewed

Contemporary Blues Album of the Year

Beth Hart – Fire on the Floor
Corey Dennison Band – Night After Night
Ronnie Baker Brooks – Times Have Changed
Selwyn Birchwood – Pick Your Poison
TajMo – TajMo

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Beth Hart
Karen Lovely
Samantha Fish
Shemekia Copeland
Vanessa Collier

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Keb’ Mo’
Michael Ledbetter
Ronnie Baker Brooks
Selwyn Birchwood
Toronzo Cannon

 Historical Album of the Year
Jimmy Reed, Mr. Luck: The Complete Vee-Jay Singles – Craft Recordings
John Lee Hooker, King of the Boogie – Craft Recordings
Luther Allison, A Legend Never Dies – Ruf Records
The Paul deLay Band, Live at Notodden ’97 – Little Village Foundation
Various, American Epic: The Collection – Sony Legacy

Instrumental-Bass
Benny Turner
Bob Stroger
Larry Fulcher
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn

Instrumentalist-Drums
Jimi Bott
June Core
Kenny Smith
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

 Instrumentalist-Guitar
Anson Funderburgh
Chris Cain
Christoffer “Kid” Andersen
Monster Mike Welch
Ronnie Earl

Instrumentalist-Harmonica
Billy Branch
Dennis Gruenling
Jason Ricci
Kim Wilson
Rick Estrin

 Instrumentalist-Horn
Al Basile
Jimmy Carpenter
Nancy Wright
Trombone Shorty
Vanessa Collier

 Instrumentalist- Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Anthony Geraci
Henry Gray
Jim Pugh
Mitch Woods
Victor Wainwright

 Instrumentalist – Vocals
Beth Hart
Don Bryant
John Németh
Michael Ledbetter
Sugaray Rayford
Wee Willie Walker

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)
Annika Chambers
Diunna Greenleaf
Janiva Magness
Miss Freddye
Ruthie Foster

Rock Blues Album of the Year
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band – Lay It On Down
Mike Zito – Make Blues Not War
North Mississippi Allstars – Prayer for Peace
Savoy Brown – Witchy Feelin’
Walter Trout – We’re All In This Together

Rock Blues Artist
Eric Gales
Jason Ricci
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Mike Zito
Walter Trout

Song of the Year
“The Blues Ain’t Going Nowhere” – written by Rick Estrin
“Don’t Give Up On Love” – written by Scott Bomar and Don Bryant
“Don’t Leave Me Here” – written by Kevin R. Moore, Taj Mahal, and Gary Nicholson
“Hate Take a Holiday” – written by Willie Walker, Anthony Paule, and Ernie Williams
“Prayer for Peace” – written by Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson, and Oteil Burbridge

Soul Blues Album of the Year
Don Bryant – Don’t Give Up on Love
Johnny Rawls – Waiting for the Train
Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm – Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm
Sugaray Rayford – The World That We Live In
Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra – After a While

Soul Blues Female Artist
Bettye LaVette
Denise LaSalle
Mavis Staples
Trudy Lynn
Vaneese Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist
Curtis Salgado
Don Bryant
Johnny Rawls
Sugaray Rayford
William Bell
Wee Willie Walker

  Traditional Blues Album of the Year
The Cash Box Kings – Royal Mint
Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio – Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio
Kim Wilson – Blues and Boogie Vol. 1
Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter – Right Place, Right Time
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – Groovin’ In Greaseland
Various Artists – Howlin’ At Greaseland

Traditional Blues Female Artist
Annika Chambers
Diunna Greenleaf
Janiva Magness
Miss Freddye
Ruthie Foster

 Traditional Blues Male Artist
John Primer
Kim Wilson
Lurrie Bell
R.L. Boyce
Rick Estrin

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January 9th, 2018
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VELVET UNDERGROUND’S 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATED WITH CAREER-SPANNING VINYL BOX SET

Now here’s an exciting press release1

 THE VELVET UNDEGROUND INCLUDES DEFINITIVE STEREO EDITIONS OF SIX CLASSIC ALBUMS INCLUDING
ALL FOUR STUDIO RECORDS, THE “LOST” 1969 ALBUM AND NICO’S DEBUT LP

Los Angeles – December 20, 2017 – To celebrate the Velvet Underground’s 50th anniversary, Verve Records/UMe is releasing The Velvet Underground, a limited-edition career-spanning box that collects all four of the pioneering band’s studio albums, Velvets collaborator Nico’s debut LP, Chelsea Girl, and a reconstruction of the fabled “lost” 1969 album, making it available on vinyl for the first time. The six albums housed in a special black slipcase will be pressed on 180-gram black vinyl and feature stereo mixes and meticulously reproduced original cover art. The box will also include an exclusive 48-page booklet, featuring vintage photos, lyrics and a new foreword penned by founding member Maureen “Moe” Tucker. Limited to 1000 copies worldwide, the box set, which will be released February 23, is available for pre-order now exclusively at uDiscover: https://UMe.lnk.to/TVULPBox

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 Assembled by Grammy-winning reissue producer Bill LevensonThe Velvet Underground incorporates six classic records from the band’s vintage heyday including 1967’s The Velvet Underground and Nico, their landmark debut, produced by the band’s mentor Andy Warhol and includes such Velvets classics as SundayMorning,” “I’m Waiting for the Man,” “Venus in Furs” and “Heroin;” Nico’s 1967 full-length solo debutChelsea Girl, featuring songwriting and instrumental contributions from Velvets members Reed, Cale and Morrison as well as a young Jackson Browne; 1968’s explosive White Light/White Heat, the group’s final album with co-founder Cale; 1969’s relatively restrained, introspective The Velvet Underground; and 1970’s Loaded, which was the band’s commercial breakthrough as well as its final studio album, with such beloved Reed anthems as “Sweet Jane” and “Rock & Roll.”

 To honor the band’s half a century legacy, Levenson has loving recreated the Velvet Underground’s much-mythologized “lost” album, 1969, specially for this set. Nearly 50 years later, much remains unclear about these mysterious recordings. While there’s been reports that the album was intended to be the band’s fourth record only to be rejected by MGM, it’s also possible they were scrapped by the band or possibly shelved by them for being ahead of its time. Whatever the real story is, these songs, recorded just after their lauded self-titled album, which include many gems like “Foggy Notion,” “Ride Into The Sun,” and “I Can’t Stand It,” help to tell the band’s enigmatic story and shine a light on their creative restlessness and rapid evolution. For this new vinyl recreation, Levenson has assembled the album using 1969 and 2014 mixes. Although these recordings have been previously released, they’ve never been represented on vinyl in this expansive 2LP format. Side four of the second LP is rounded out with bonus tracks recorded in 1968 including “Hey Mr. Rain” and “Stephanie Says.”

 The Velvet Underground’s gritty, fearless creative vision remains unique and unmatched. Although the band met with little commercial acceptance during its existence, the seminal New York foursome of Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker, along with Doug Yule, is now considered one of most important rock and roll bands of all time, laying the groundwork in the ‘60s for punk, alternative, avant-garde, psychedelic rock, post-punk and shoegaze. The Velvets’ revolutionary body of work stands as a one of rock’s most distinctive catalogs and today their influence looms larger than ever.

 The Velvet Underground and Nico (March 1967)

Side One

  1. SundayMorning
  2. I’m Waiting For The Man
  3. Femme Fatale
  4. Venus In Furs
  5. Run Run Run
  6. AllTomorrow’sParties

 Side Two

  1. Heroin
  2. There She Goes Again
  3. I’ll Be Your Mirror
  4. The Black Angel’s Death Song
  5. European Son

 Nico: Chelsea Girl (October 1967)

Side One

  1. The Fairest of the Seasons
  2. These Days
  3. Little Sister
  4. Winter Song
  5. It Was A Pleasure Then

 Side Two

  1. Chelsea Girls
  2. I’ll Keep It With Mine
  3. Somewhere There’s a Feather
  4. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
  5. Eulogy To Lenny Bruce

 White Light/White Heat (January 1968)

Side One

  1. White Light/White Heat
  2. The Gift
  3. Lady Godiva’s Operation
  4. There She Comes Now

 Side Two

  1. I Heard Her Call My Name
  2. Sister Ray

 The Velvet Underground (March 1969)

Side One

  1. Candy Says
  2. What Goes On
  3. Some Kinda Love
  4. Pale Blue Eyes
  5. Jesus

 Side Two

  1. Beginning To See The Light
  2. I’m Set Free
  3. That’s The Story Of My Life
  4. The Murder Mystery
  5. After Hours

 1969 (recorded May – October 1969)

Side One

  1. Foggy Notion (original 1969 mix)
  2. One Of The Days (2014 mix)
  3. Lisa Says (2014 mix)
  4. I’m Sticking With You (original 1969 mix)
  5. Andy’s Chest (original 1969 mix)

 Side Two

  1. I Can’t Stand It (2014 mix)
  2. She’s My Best Friend (original 1969 mix)
  3. We’re Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (2014 mix)
  4. I’m Gonna Move Right In (original 1969 mix)
  5. Ferryboat Bill (original 1969 mix)

 Side Three

  1. Coney Island Steeplechase (2014 mix)
  2. Ocean (original 1969 mix)
  3. Rock & Roll (original 1969 mix)
  4. Ride Into The Sun (2014 mix)

 Side Four – Bonus Tracks

  1. Hey Mr. Rain (version one)
  2. Guess I’m Falling In Love instrumental version)
  3. Temptation Inside Your Heart (original mix)
  4. Stephanie Says (original mix)
  5. Hey Mr. Rain (version two)
  6. Beginning To See The Light (early version)

 Loaded (November 1970)

Side One

  1. Who Loves The Sun
  2. Sweet Jane
  3. Rock & Roll
  4. Cool It Down
  5. New Age

 Side Two

  1. Head Held High
  2. Lonesome Cowboy Bill
  3. I Found A Reason
  4. Train Round The Bend
  5. Oh! Sweet Nuthin’

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Little G Weevil – “Something Poppin'” is popping indeed!

 

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Little G Weevil has a full band with him ton Something Poppin’ and he sounds modern while keeping his blues roots not too far from the surface. Some of the songs remain closer to those roots than others, like my favorite track, “I Don’t Want To Feel the Rain,” but I also love the more urban “Something Poppin'” with its excellent female background singers and the exceptional cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Pusherman.” In fact. I like everything on this album. All but two songs are originals.  Little G Weevil recorded it in Budapest while touring around his hometown earlier in 2017. Additional recording was done back in the states.

Along with the blues, this album incorporates funk, a bit of hip-hop, a little rap and a healthy dose of R’nB.

“Here I Come Knocking” hits listeners immediately with the full impact of that band, driven by Daniel Harper’s powerful drumming and topped by G Weevil’s rugged voice. Next comes “Something Poppin, which is a fun song with Rebekah Easton Ellis and Sharika Allen Brown adding sexy coolness to that catchy chorus.

See Me In The Country” is a gossipy song with a lot of funk. “How You Want Me To Deal With This” is the other non-original song and it is straight R’nB, very well done.”Yoo Can’t Say Nothing” makes effective use of the background singers again and of Hammond organ as well.

“Scrub” is different from anything this long-time fan has ever heard from G Weevil. Talking about this album, he said to me, “It has to be blues, cause I wrote it.” OK, but this brilliant song really stretches the definition with its brilliant rap performed by Dulzura.

“Crawling” is a pleasant piece of blues-rock with a hip-hop touch.”I Don’t Want to Feel the Rain” is a haunting biographical piece about leaving your native land and everything you’ve ever known for a dream.”Top Model” ends the album on a happy, rocking note.

For those of us used to the traditional blues of Little G Weevil’s last few albums, this is going to blow through our speakers in a way that will wake and possibly shake us. But keep listening. The more you do, the more you realize that the man is a genius and here he proves he can stay true to his beloved blues and still move with the times.

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Royal Johnson – “Howlin'”

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by Rhetta Akamatsu

Originally published at Making A Scene

Royal Johnson is a band out of Macon, GA. It was formed by Chance Foyal and Andy Johnson. Looking at the delightful cover of their second album, Howlin‘. You expect you are going to hear a strong Allman Brothers influence, and you do. But the band has its own blend of Southern rock, blues, and funk that makes very pleasant listening.

There are eight tracks on the album, but since this is not a brand that lays down 3-minute tracks. It’s a satisfying amount of music. Six of the tracks are originals, with the two covers being “Howlin For My Darlin’,” written by Willie Dixon, and “Voodoo In You,” which was written by Jackie Avery and recorded by Johnny Jenkins.

The album was produced by the legendary Paul Hornsby. Original band members Kevin Vines on bass and Joanie Ferguson on drums were present for most of the recording but left before it was finished and were replaced by James Lengel on drums and Joseph Palmer on bass.

The album starts with a strong take on the Howlin’ Wolf classic,”Howlin For My Darlin”’,” with some fantastic harmonica from Bennie Mobley. who plays with Johnson in the duo, Dos Blues Guys., as well.

Next comes the straight blues-rock of “Aisling,” which establishes this group as a jam band in the best tradition. “Over The Edge” adds a sharper edge and emphasizes the rock. It features some excellent vocal harmonies and very effective organ from producer Hornsby.

“Swim” takes a quick turn into Southern funk and is a lot of fun to listen to. “Liquored Up” is a rollicking song with more excellent harmonica and great keyboard work, again from Hornsby, complementing Johnson’s vocals and Royal’s guitar. This song works on every level and is my favorite track.

“Voodoo in You” makes very effective use of an erratic drumbeat and spooky-sounding chorus ‘of singers for a delightfully creepy song. “Snipe Shoals” is a long instrumental jam with a strong Allman Brothers feel, bringing back the feeling, for me at least, of lazing in the sun at outdoor concerts listening to the musicians improvise on stage.

The album ends with a fun, funky little rave-up called “Hot Pants Sally.” Horns, provided by saxophonist Darren Day and trumpet player Charlie Harbor, add to it immensely and the guitar, excellent drumming, and energetic vocals backed by that amazing chorus make it a real party pleaser.

This is a Southern group born and bred, and the album represents the music that is in their blood. You can tell. It is an essential album for any fan of Southern rock, funk, and blues.