Category Archives: Fresh Biscuits

Fresh Biscuits! New Releases For July 29, 2014

It’s another slow week Biscuiteers. Apparently July is not a big month this year for new blues releases. There are two very exciting live CD new releases this week though. First is the latest installment in Johnny Winter‘s Live Bootleg series. We lost Johnny on July 16, 2014 and he will be sorely missed. The Live Bootleg series, from Volume 1 to this new Volume 11, is a great way to remember why we loved him. I pre-ordered mine from Amazon and can’t wait for the mail tomorrow.

Another archival live release is the sprawling 6 CD set from The Allman Brothers Band. The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings features live recording from the shows on the weekend of March 12-13, 1971 that gave us the legendary At Fillmore East album plus their show from the closing of the Fillmore East on June 27, 1971. This is not strictly blues, but they explored the outer reaches of blues and jazz improvisation like no band before or after and influenced blues players everywhere.

Rounding out this week is a reissue with bonus tracks from Monkeyjunk. This is a reissue of their 2009 debut Tiger In Your Tank.

With the passing of Johnny Winter and The Allman Brothers Band bringing its career to an end this year, we are reminded we should get out there and see our favorite performers while we still can. Hopefully Monkeyjunk will keep going for a while. Get out there and see them!

Fresh Biscuits – July 28, 2014

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MonkeyJunk – Tiger In Your Tank (reissue + 2 bonus tracks)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fresh Biscuits! Alexis P. Suter Band – Love The Way You Roll CD Review

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Love The Way You Roll
American Showplace Music

Alexis P. Suter is the owner of that big, booming voice you can hear roaring out of Brooklyn into the heart of the North American continent. The Alexis P. Suter Band’s star is certainly on the rise as accolades continue to pour in and they continue to beguile audiences from town to town. The band burst on to the music scene via Levon Helm’s legendary Midnight Rambles in Woodstock, NY. Levon was captured by what he called Alexis’ wonderful spirit and had the band open for him around 90 times.

By 2012, Alexis was nominated for Best Soul Blues Female Artist at the 33rd Annual Blues Music Awards. The band was known for its mix of Blues, Soul, and Gospel influences and continued to build momentum by releasing Two Sides in 2011 and taking the new music to the stage. Perhaps now more than ever the band is poised for a national and international break. Love The Way You Roll is the new album from Alexis P. Suter Band on American Showplace Music and it has all the hallmarks of a classic benchmark album.

“Nuthin’ In The World” drags us onto the boards with a hot jam filled with tasty guitar licks and is built on a churning riff with unexpected changes. The vocals are gritty and the harmonies are loose. This is a stage song and they captured it expertly. “25 Years” is about a significant other sitting in the jailhouse and it looks like they’ll be getting 25 years. It’s another tough barroom blues with a circular riff that accents the futility of waiting 25 years for some idiot who got pinched. Forget making the bail, Alexis, time to move on. If I have any real problem with this album it’s in this song. The words make no reference to unjust accusations or innocence, so the singer seems to weighing the pros and “cons” of waiting for this delinquent. Maybe it was murder and the victim really deserved it. I don’t know, but thinking about is distracting me.

Two songs later I’ve forgotten all about the jailbird and his bail because the John Lee Hooker boogie of “Big Mama” has me enthralled with its chunky riffs and elastic slide guitar. Jimmy Bennett is a helluva guitar player and his work fires just about every song on Love The Way You Roll. In fact, it may be Alexis’ name on the APSB freight train but the engine room is manned by the power trio of Bennett, Bennett & Grappone. The Bennett Brothers, Jimmy on guitar and Peter on bass, interact like they’ve been doing this since the womb. They were truly born to play together, never missing a move the other one makes. Drummer Ray Grappone and Peter Bennett lay down the groove like a heavy duty Rhythm and Blues machine on the verge of Rock and Roll. Jimmy Bennett knows how to write the thick sounding riffs a trio needs and his soloing ranges from passionately restrained to full blown psychedelic bluster. He uses a wide variety of implements from a wah-wah pedal to slide guitar and always has the right tool for the job. He is more than capable of over playing and hogging the spotlight with guitar wizardry but he doesn’t. That’s the mark of a master musician. His contributions, as well as Peter’s and Ray’s, make the whole sound better than the sum of its parts. They are a musical tandem, stretching and twisting in perfect synchrony, and they’re even better live. What was I complaining about again?

The title track “Love The Way You Roll” also features a snarling slide guitar with Alexis sounding imposing and almost evil. This perplexing juxtaposition of subject matter and musical presentation adds tension to the song and really makes it kick. “Gonna Love You” is a sultry slow burn with simmering organ added by journeyman extraordinaire John Ginty. Suter dives into this one and gives a provocative performance. Alexis is credited on only a few songs as a writer, and “Gonna Love You” is one of them, but whoever the author is, from Big Mama Thornton to ASPB vocalist Vicki Bell, Alexis has the innate ability to inhabit the songs and become their essence. Her delivery is impassioned, intense and inspired. Her range of emotions is palpable and she will take you along for the ride through the ups and downs, the joy, the sorrow, the anger; you’ll feel it all in your soul if your heart can take it.

Love The Way You Roll is the antidote to boring retreads of old blues styles. The band is tight, the songs are road-tested, and the energy of this emergent blues power sizzles through the speakers. Most of the songs on Love The Way You Roll are under four minutes and pack a lot of punch. The band hit ‘em hard and get out. The tracks are perfectly tailored, emphasizing all their strengths and any song on Love The Way You Roll could be pulled for airplay or to share with your friends and turn them on the Alexis P. Suter Band juggernaut. I hope the band really likes these songs because they will be playing them for a long time to come.

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Fresh Biscuits! New Releases For July 22, 2014

It’s a slow week Biscuiteers. Only a handful of new blues releases. Two new albums, an archival live album and a reissue. And one we missed from last week. It’s a Shame, Shame, Shame. Hey, that could be a song title! Use it; it’s on us.

Fresh Biscuits – July 22, 2014

Al Basile Swing N’ Strings  (July 15, 2014)

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Chris Smither Still On The Levee

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Seth Walker Sky Still Blue

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Bukka White and Skip James Live At The Cafe Au Go Go

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Jimmy Dawkins Feel the Blues

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Fresh Biscuits! Thorbjorn Risager And The Black Tornado CD Review

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Too Many Roads

Ruf Records

CD Review by Todor Kenov

One doesn’t need a Master’s Degree in Music to safely state that Thorbjorn Risager and The Black Tornado is one of Denmark’s most successful music exports today. The band was formed by now 42-year old Risager back in 2003. Known for his distinctive powerful and gravelly voice he was first introduced to the blues by a neighbor and friend of his parents, a middle-aged gentleman who played him records by the likes of B. B. King and Ray Charles. Risager started playing the saxophone at the age of 12 and then moved on to guitar while the singing was more of a coincidence at first. By the time he went to high school he was already playing paid gigs.

Thorbjorn Risager studied to be a school teacher and even worked as such for several years. Later on he graduated from the Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen, all the while composing songs, singing and playing with various local musicians. He started his own seven piece band in 2003, composing most of the band’s music himself. Mixing styles from blues, soul, gospel, rock and R&B to funk was his deliberate choice as was the distinctive sound of the band with its horns, individual solos and rolling, almost big-band like grooves.

The Thorbjorn Risager Band released its first album back in 2005 and toured extensively throughout Europe. As of 2013 the band has performed in no less than 17 countries and has released seven successful albums. In 2013 the band, with its name changed to Thorbjorn Risager and The Black Tornado, signed a record deal with Ruf Records, a Germany based label founded by Luther Allison’s manager, Thomas Ruf, placing Risager and company among the rows of other famous artists such as Royal Southern Brotherhood, Ana Popovic and Canned Heat.

The new album from Thorbjorn Risager and The Black Tornado, Too Many Roads, was released in March 2014. The album was recorded by Thorbjorn Risager – guitar and vocals, Peter Kehl – trumpet and background vocals, Kasper Wagner – saxophones, Martin Seidelin – drums and background vocals, Peter Skjerning – guitar and background vocals, Emil Blasgaard – keyboards and Soren Boigaard – bass. This time the band chose to self-produce the album.

So far Risager and his band mates have been famous mainly in Europe and the new album is their first attempt to bring their music to a non-European audience. The album comprises twelve songs melting together blues, rock, soul and more than a pinch of New Orleans sound. The general feeling is that of well controlled energy and tight interplay, all the arrangements being the result of teamwork. All in all, the listener gets the typical “Risager sound.”

The album opens with “If You Wanna Leave,” a dynamic rocker about being left by the one you love but being able to cope with this sad situation. As far as influences go, look no further than Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band. Another notable song is “Drowning,” which describes the devastating feeling after a break-up, where there’s simply nothing left but sorrow. The distinctive New Orleans vibe helps convey the general feeling of the song.

“Long Forgotten Track” is a ghost story, while the music is in the vein of the late great and sadly missed J. J. Cale. “Through The Years” is a song about a man looking back to a long lost love. It brings together B. B. King’s style of guitar playing and tone, paying tribute to one of Risager’s blues heroes as well as the soul music of the 60’s. “Rich Man” is a socially charged ode to the financial crisis and all those who are profiting from it. The song is characterized by a rich big-band sound. “Play On” closes the album by paying tribute to classic Jerry Lee Lewis style rockabilly.
All in all, Too Many Roads is an album that will appeal not only to blues aficionados, but also to the general music-loving public with its varied moods and styles and brilliant musicianship. Could the next blues sensation come from Denmark? We will live and see.

Meanwhile, you can preview, buy and download the album at Amazon and iTunes.

Fresh Biscuits! New Releases For July 15, 2014

This week we have several below the radar artists releasing new music, meaning mainstream outlets probably won’t be carrying them and you may or may not hear them on Satellite radio. It’s almost definite you won’t hear them on terrestrial radio – not if Clear Channel has anything to say about it. There’s lots of good music out there Biscuiteers and we’re here to help you find it.

It’s a big week for Omar Dykes fans. There are three Omar related reissues out this week from the Big Guitar Music label. Wounded Bird is reissuing Paul Butterfield’s Betters Days Live At Winterland Ballroom and for the first time on CD Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1972. 

 

Fresh Biscuits – July 15, 2014

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Davina & the Vagabonds Sunshine

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Nellie Tiger Travis Nellie Sings the Blues

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Morgan Davis I Got My Own

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Trudy Lynn featuring Steve Krase Royal Oaks Blues Cafe

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Paul Butterfield and Better Days Live At Winterland Ballroom

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Various Artists Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1972

This double CD reissue of this live album appears here on CD for the very first time. This album was originally released as a two record set on Atlantic Records in 1972. The album features such Blues luminaries as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Freddie King, Luther Allison, Otis Rush, Bonnie Raitt, Hound Dog Taylor, Dr. John, Koko Taylor, Lucille Spann and many others.

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Omar Dykes Blues Bag

Blues Bag was originally released in 1991 as an acoustic session of tracks featuring Omar Dykes on vocals and acoustic guitar and his good friend, Fingers Taylor, on harp. Several tracks are just Omar and Fingers playing classic blues. Omar decided to bring in the Howlers on a few tracks to give the album additional depth. Gene Brandon, an original Howler drummer, has since passed away. Bruce Jones on bass still plays with Omar today. Omar himself plays harp on Big Chief Pontiac. Many of the songs are some of Omar’s favorite tracks from his entire career. This CD is released as a tribute to Gene Brandon.

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Omar and the Howlers Big Leg Beat

Omar and the Howlers’ first release from 1980 is being revived as the initial big band sound of the group. Featuring a horn section with Hugh Garroway, Bill Averbach, and Craig Simecheck, this album includes the five original Howlers: Omar Dykes, Gerry ”Phareaux” Felton, Bruce Jones, Richard Price, and Wes Starr. Recorded in Dallas and originally on Amazing Records, this release contains four original songs written by Omar Dykes.

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Nalle, Omar and Magic Slim Chapel Hill

This album features an extraordinary combination of three very special performers. Nalle started out in 1957 and in the 60s became Denmark’s most famous rock and soul singer. Texas blues man Omar Dykes and his deep southern three-chord rough and tumble blues and trademark raw vocals has been a mainstay on the blues scene since the 1980s. Magic Slim was known and respected as the last real Chicago blues man. The tracks are set in an acoustic setting without drums and electric guitars.

 

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Fresh Biscuits! Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers – Wide Open CD Review

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Wide Open
Jamthack (CD Baby)

Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers are back again, this time with a full CD of all original music. Work began on Wide Open in 2012 at Tony’s Treasures in Cadiz, OH but apparently the band wasn’t happy with the results and only two songs were held over from those sessions. As much as I’d love to hear what they kept in the vault, Wide Open clearly demonstrates the care the band puts into the music. Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers have delivered a stellar, boundless record that captures the spirit of cross country road trip into the big unknown.

The disc starts off with a drum roll and a clean toned guitar, settling into a laid back groove perfectly suited to Thackery’s conversational vocals. “Change Your Tune” is an exercise in restraint, from the tempo to the guitar tones and slowly bent notes of the guitar fills and solos. Jimmy Thackery shows off his mastery of the instrument without showing off and keeps you hanging on each note, especially in the outro solo. The mid tempo blues continue with “Minor Step” which finds the master of the Stratocaster playing a Gibson arch top. The instrumental piece has elements from the jazz greats like Wes Montgomery and Grant Green, 50’s rock tunes like “Sleepwalk”, and Latin blues in its rhythms.

While the first two tracks have you thinking this is going to be a mellow trip on I-80 west of Cheyenne with the top down and Big Sky over head, “Coffee And Chicken” finds the band getting greasy and low down, on a dusty road outside of town, on the trail of something resembling a fresh cup of Joe and the Colonel’s greatest achievement. Jimmy turns up the gain, gets gritty with the tones, and he affects a Howlin’ Wolf rasp as he professes his chicken affliction and caffeine addiction.

Thackery’s lyrics are his secret weapon. He sings about common subjects, but his wordplay provides twists and turns of phrase that might leave you shaking your head, smiling, cringing, and laughing; maybe all at the same time. “Coffee And Chicken” might have him praying to the Colonel for a yardbird and cup of mud, but “King Of Livin’ On My Own” further shows off his deft wordplay and storytelling. The song is performed Jug Band style, with a jaunty gait, and almost Vaudevillian lyrics about a man who’s not unhappy to be recently thrust into living on his own. With a sly smile, Thackery delivers lines like “I threw the dishes in the tub, instead of all that rub a dub dub, I sprayed ‘em down with a high pressure garden hose.” Who hasn’t wanted to that once in a while? The king of living alone does it whenever damn well pleases. Altogether it’s a lyrical and musical treat, with Jimmy Thackery playing some engaging acoustic guitar licks under his tale of bachelorhood supremacy.

Jimmy Thackery pulls out the acoustic guitar again in “Run Like The Wind” and in “Shame, Shame, Shame” where it is accented by weeping slide licks that return us to the laid back road trip feel of Wide Open after the sharp, rough and rockin’ “Hard Luck Man” which put us in the passing lane for 5:47 with the pedal to the metal power chords and combustible fretwork. “Keep My Heart From Breakin’” is another tough blues rocker and Thackery unleashes some his most caustic soloing on Wide Open, with whammy bar dives and bent notes flying fast and furious.

“You Brush Me Off” is another low key instrumental, full of nuance and nimble fingered mood making guitar licks. Jimmy Thackery is obviously known for his guitar playing and on Wide Open he displays less histrionics and more subtlety. He expertly sets the moods, makes all the notes count and gives them plenty of room to breathe in the Wide Open. It’s a side of his playing that can be overlooked when discussing his talents. Jimmy Thackery plays fast, he plays wild, he plays loud; but he plays for the song and this record seems to be all about giving the notes space. After a few listens, you’ll pick up on the impact this approach has on the music and it will hopefully enhance your own enjoyment.

The disc closes with a shimmering instrumental that reminds us the heat coming off the highway on the horizon and that our trip through the Wide Open continues into the distance. The track was inspired by and named for the new Thackery home, called “Pondok” by the builders/previous owners. The translation from the South African/Indonesian is “shack or house with a tin roof” and it seems the previous owner and the Thackerys alike realize it’s not the materials that make a home.

Wide Open explores landscapes, soundscapes, homes, tones, and chicken bones. It takes us on the road, shows us the open spaces, and urges us to leave them alone. The Drivers display their knack for understated brilliance. Together, Jimmy Thackery and the band deliver an excellent new album that is not to be missed.

Find Jimmy Thackery And The Drivers on tour. You’ll be sorry you didn’t.

July 10, 2014
Sellersville Theatre – Sellersville, PA
July 11, 2014
Chan’s – Woonsocket, RI
July 12, 2014
Bull Run – Shirley, MA
July 13, 2014
North Atlantic Blues Festival – Rockland, ME
July 15, 2014
Dinosaur BBQ – Syracuse, NY
July 16, 2014
Dinosaur BBQ – Rochester, NY
July 17. 2014
Dinosaur BBQ – Buffalo, NY
July 18, 2014
Turning Point – Piermont, NY
July 19, 2014
Stanhope House – Stanhope, NJ
July 21, 2014
Iridium – New York, NY
July 23, 2014
St Georges Country Store – St Georges, DE
July 25, 2014
Birchmere – Alexandria, VA w/ Sonny Landreth!
July 26, 2014
Acoustic Stage – Hickory, NC
July 30, 2014
Midway Tavern – Mishawaka, IN
July 31, 2014
Callahan’s – Auburn Hills, MI
Aug 01, 2014
Reggie’s Music Joint – Chicago, IL
August 02, 2014
Famous Dave’s – Minneapolis, MN
Aug 06, 2014
Uncle Bo’s – Topeka, KS
August 08, 2014
George’s – Fayetteville, AR
Aug 09, 2014
Knucklehead’s – Kansas City, MO
Aug 14, 2014
Saint Andrew’s Market Place – Dothan, AL
August 16, 2014
Great American Blues Fest – Panama City Beach, FL
October 11, 2014
Daytona Blues Festival – Daytona, FL
Dec 06, 2014
Bradenton Blues Festival – Bradenton, FL

Fresh Biscuits! New Blues Releases For July 8, 2014

This week is pretty decent for new Blues releases with three live albums, a pair of reissues, and a deal going down. With a full house, a deal, and a guy named Lucky, I’m not sure if this is a new music list or card game in some juke joint last Friday night.

Coco Montoya and Rick Estrin & The Nightcats are issuing long overdue live albums, then there is the return of Fred & The Healers with a brand new line-up and a hot new record, and albums from Corey Harris and Barry Goldberg (recently of The Rides) get reissue treatment.

Fresh Biscuits – July 8, 2014

Coco Montoya Songs From the Road

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Rick Estrin and Nightcats You Asked For It…Live!

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Preston Shannon Dust My Broom

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Lucky Peterson I’m Back Again

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David Olney When The Deal Goes Down

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Vincent Bucher Hometown

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Fred & The Healers Hammerbeatmatic

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Barry Goldberg Blasts From My Past (Extended Edition Reissue)

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Corey Harris Fulton Blues (Deluxe Edition Reissue with Bonus Tracks)

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Fresh Biscuits! Alastair Greene Band – Trouble At Your Door CD Review

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Trouble At Your Door

Eclecto Groove Records

Delta Groove Productions

Alastair Greene Band’s fifth studio album Trouble At Your Door was released June 17th, 2014 on Eclecto Groove Records. It’s blues; it’s rock; it’s rough and tumble hardy music from guys with loud guitars and a grand devotion to 70’s rock, and I like it.

“People” opens Trouble At Your Door with a stomping slide groove as Alastair Greene calls on people to make a stand or take a fall. “Back Where I Belong” is an updated take on the classic John Lee Hooker boogie riff with gritty tones and rasp-saw soloing. “Red Wine Woman” finds Greene plucking a resonator acoustic guitar while tempting the ladies with fermented grapes of joy.

“Love You So Bad” shows off the chops and makes a play for the Blues Speed Record; “Calling For You” is a spacey, atmospheric slow blues which belies his recent work with Alan Parsons, and “Pretty Price To Pay” calls out a woman on her ability to turn bullshit into art.

“Make The Devil’s Day” is my kind of blues rock song. It kicks in with a snappy drum beat, a chugging bass riff and a soloing electric guitar that fall in one after another and crank it up to rawk. Alastair Greene’s solo goes for the jugular with relentless attack and ferocious licks. Why are songs about the Devil so good?

If you like blues rock from Robin Trower to Gov’t Mule, you’re going to like Trouble At Your Door. Alastair Greene refuses to retread blues clichés in his lyrics, writes gripping songs with immaculately sparse arrangements and he makes every note count. Pop this CD in on the way home from work and you’ll forget all about those pesky TPS reports.

For information about touring and shows check Alastair Greene’s website.

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Fresh Biscuits! Shane Speal’s Snake Oil Band – Holler CD Review

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Holler!
C.B. Gitty Records

Shane Speal, the King Of The Cigar Box Guitar, and his Snake Oil Band has released, or should I say unleashed its new disc into the wild. The Snake Oil Band was born from weekly jam sessions and grew into one of York, PA’s biggest acts. Holler! brings together all the band’s favorites: sex, murder, booze, and Michael Jackson. Yeah, that Michael Jackson. Apparently the Snake Oil Band is known for its Prince covers too. Throw in some Son House, electricity, and a wicked sense of humor and you might start to fathom the depths of the musical depravity found in the Finest Bluest Blues Elixir this side of the Monongahela River. Holler!

I must confess I’ve never heard any of Shane’s previous discs. I didn’t know what to expect and had no frame of reference. I don’t usually go blind into these things but the album cover and the song titles pulled me in. The opening riffs and scorching slide of “49 YEARS” are menacing, mean and murderous; made in Hell, made in Heaven, made to make you dismayed. If Rob Zombie had a jug band it would sound like this. This is Captain Spaulding’s blues. He’s going to play this song while he chases you around the tunnels under his basement and you’ll like it. The song’s protagonist is spending “49 YEARS” in the pen and he’s not happy. Even the title is in CAPS; that’s mad. He’s got murdering in mind and you’ve got 49 MINUTES to live once he’s out. The sound is harsh, the percussion adds suspense, the shrieking slide and the howling harp add tension, and I’m pretty sure I heard finger-tapping around the 2:12 mark. If I never heard another song by this band I’d still consider them to be legendary. This might be the best blues song I’ll hear all year.

What’s really scary is the fact that all these sounds are made with jug band instruments. The band consists of Shane Speal on cigar box guitars, vocals and stomping foot, Ronn Benway on washboards, rubber chickens and stunts (stunts? I probably don’t want to know), Aaron Lewis on harmonica, vocals and confetti cannons, and Farmer Jon on electric washtub bass and high fives (for all those stunts, I suspect). The traditional instruments argument could be made from either side but these truly are traditional instruments. For ages humans have made music from re-purposed items. It’s the music that matters and the Snake Oil Band makes a glorious racket on their instruments of indeterminate origin. The “Holler! Medley: Holler, The Clapping Song, Line ‘Em Up, Black Betty” is menacing in its own right, “Strung Out, Drunk and Busted (And There’s A Body In The Trunk)” is the broken down, destitute blues you’d expect, and to brighten things up they throw in “How Long Will You Make Me Suffer.”

There are plenty of moments of good fun on Holler! too. “Judy Got A Booty” chugs along at a steam train pace. This is a stomper for sure. Shane works the slide in and around the beat and the harp pulses and pumps as the train rolls on. Catch a glimpse of that caboose if you can. “When She Gets Drunk, She Gets Horny” isn’t the love ballad you’d expect and “A Fat Man Will Love You (Like No Skinny Boy Can)” pretty much is. “Simulated Sadie” shows off the vocal talents of the band over an acoustic jug band arrangement. Sure, it’s about a woman who had a little too much work done and can’t move her lips any more, but what else would it be about? I doubt Sadie will voice any complaints.

Holler! closes with another frenetic thumping rocker called “Don’t Give Me None Of Yo’ Business” that, in a way, defines the mission of these musicians. They’re making music they want to make, on instruments they made and want to use, and they refuse to be penned in by convention. It is in this kind of setting that truly interesting and engaging music is made and Shane Speal’s Snake Oil Band has done it. There is nothing fake here, no chicanery, no blatant salesmanship, no promises not kept. They aren’t selling Snake Oil but they are selling the cure for what ails you. Holler!

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Fresh Biscuits! New Blues Releases For July 1, 2014

It’s a slow week for new releases, Biscuiteers. This happens around a holiday, especially one smack dab in the middle of a sunny summer with people thinking about beaches, hot dogs, and fireworks instead of new blues music. Where have our priorities gone?

There are a few new releases though. Shane Speal, the King of the Cigar Box Guitar released Holler on Sunday night, well ahead of the usual Tuesday release time. You can get the download or order a hard copy at his website. Another independent release comes from Jimmy Thackery. The legendary guitarist dropped the record labels a few years ago and has been offering his new music through direct marketing and CD Baby. Unfortunately we missed it in last week’s round-up but we just fixed that didn’t we?

There are a few more reissues this week including McKinley Morganfield – A.K.A. Muddy Waters, or is it Muddy Waters – A.K.A. McKinley Morganfield? That was the problem when it first came out in 1971. This then-comprehensive Muddy Waters collection looked like a record by McKinley Morganfield and many less-informed record store clerks miss-filed the album causing issues for consumers and businesses alike. The music leaves no doubt, this is Muddy Waters. A.K.A. McKinley Morganfield A.K.A. Muddy Waters. OK?

Lots of questions this week so here’s an answer to the question “What’s new this week?”:

Fresh Biscuits – July 1, 2014

Jimmy Thackery – Wide Open

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Shane Speal’s Snake Oil Band – Holler

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Dave FieldsAll In

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The Levon Helm BandThe Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 3

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Muddy Waters – A.K.A. McKinley Morganfield

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B.B. KingBlues Is King

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That’s it Biscuiteers. I know Levon Helm Band is a stretch but Levon was reared in and around blues music and his band gave the world Chris O’Leary who is a damned fine bluesman, harp player, and songwriter. It’s safe to say blues fans might like Levon Helm and vice versa. The person in charge of complaints is Helen Waite.