FolkWorld #63 07/2017

CD & DVD Reviews

Peach/Skeoch "Peach/Skeoch" [EP]
Own Label, 2016

www.peachskeoch.com

Four tracks, sixteen short minutes, to appreciate the music of harpist Becca Skeoch and accordionist Joseph Peach. It's not enough, partly because this pair cram this EP with new ideas too numerous to absorb, and partly because there's so much more they can do. Joe Peach recently released a duo album with fiddler Charlie Grey which shows a more traditional side of his music. Here Peach pumps Paddy's by fellow box-player Shona Kipling, and Sidney Grove by Borders harpist Rachel Newton, while Becca sparkles on Corrina Hewat's Berserk. There are some rough edges, but the pair come together perfectly for Amy Thatcher's funky Northumbrian East Meets West. It's all angels and demons so far, and I'm betting Wim Claeys and Tellef Kivfte are also masters of either harp or squeezebox: their two compositions end this snapshot of Peach/Skeoch in grand style, big tunes for a little group with lots to offer.
© Alex Monaghan


Tannara "Trig"
CPL-Music, 2017

Artist Video

www.tannaramusic.com

Up and coming is a Scottish offspring with quite a capability, Tannara, featuring Becca Skeoch (harp), Joseph Peach (piano accordion, piano), Cameron Ross (fiddle) and Owen Sinclair (acoustic and electric guitar, vocals). Joseph and Becca are also performing as a duo (see review above). Tannara's debut album, produced by harpist-composer Rachel Newton,[61] had been nominated at the Scots Trad Music Awards. "Trig" makes use of a litle bit of studio trimming, but captures the rawness of a live gig. The Tannara sound is deeply rooted in the Scottish tradition and put somewhere inbetween the broad spectrum of contemporary acoustic music. The quartet has mixed their own instrumental tunes with melodies from fellow artists such as Chris Stout, Tola Custy, Eilidh Shaw etc. The arrangements are intricate, at times it feels as if Tannara is supposed to leave the sonic space of their native shores. To come full circle, Owen unpacks the electric guitar and subjects his band members to a further jolt. He is also a striking vocalist, revitalising the Scottish song heritage. "Three Ravens" (better known in Scotland as "Twa Corbies" with a different melody) is one of the big ballads collected by Francis James Child (#26) with the grim tale of the birds in question discussing their feast on the battlefield. "When First I Came To Caledonia" does not refer to Scotland, but to a coal mining pit on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. "The Death of Queen Jane" is another Child ballad (#170), probably referring to Jane Seymour, the third wife of Henry VIII. The latter song is a microcosm of everything that Tannara sets apart from the work of their peers: a both traditional and cosmopolitan canto on top of a spirited presentation. Aye, Tannara is a smart outfit, catch them live this summer at Cambridge or Lorient festival!
© Walkin' T:-)M


Jack Talty "In Flow"
Raelach Records, 2016

Artist Video

www.jacktalty.com

Jack Talty is a traditional Irish musician from Lissycasey in Co. Clare, whose œuvre can be found on more than three dozen albums. Two years ago, his Ensemble Ériu had been awarded by Irish language broadcaster TG4.[53] Now Jack Talty presents his solo concertina playing (backed up by John Blake and Ruairí McGorman’s guitar and bouzouki) on his own Raelach Records label (see also above and below for other releases). The album title fits well, Jack Talty's execution is gently flowing like an undisturbed watercourse. He glides along with both technical prowess and soulful spirit. His tune selection, mostly jigs and reels, revisits some popular places, though some have been almost buried in oblivion. His original "Stephen's Waltz" is a paradigm incarnate of his flow concept. Eventually, Jack Talty turns out to be an expert of the slowest pace at all. The airy "Bóthar Chluain Meala" (The Clonmel Road) is the tune of an old Irish song, whose execution is mind-boggling and gobsmacking.
© Walkin' T:-)M


Bran "Beaj vat!"
Keltskahudba.cz, 2016

Artist Video

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Bran,[31] which is Breton for raven, the harbinger bird of ancient Celtic lore, had been founded in the Czech capital Prague way back in 1999, when an expatriate Breton teamed up with local Czech musicians, namely Robert Fischmann (vocals, flute), Helena Marková (saxophone), Tomáš Görtler (accordion), Vojtěch Jindra (acoustic & electric guitars), Petr Tichý (double bass) and Petr Mikeš (drums). The different musical background of each band member lead to Bran's unique sound. Flute and accordion place their music in traditional dance music, double bass and drums take it into the folk rock realm, while the saxophone provides some melancholic and psychedelic overtones. The Breton, as you can guess, has left the group years ago, but the sextet still cultivates their love for traditional Breton music, featuring a couple of traditional songs from the north-west of France, including the well-known "Son Ar Chistr" (The Song of the Cider), which has become famous by singer-harpist Alan Stivell in the 1970s and particularly by Dutch band Bots under the name of "Zeven dagen lang / Sieben Tage lang (Was wollen wir trinken)". The group also tries the popular French "Bonsoir, maitre de maison" (which had been recorded by Sonerien Du and others) and extend their musical formula, as described above, to other shores as well. Here it is the Burns song "Ye Jacobites By Name", the traditional Czech song "Jen Vítr Kdyby Vál", and an original song in the Czech language written by Vojtěch Jindra. Bran have summarised all this in their album title: Beaj vat! Happy journey!
© Walkin' T:-)M


TRADarrr "Further Tales of Love! Death! and Treachery!"
Hedge of Sound Records, 2017

Artist Video

www.tradarrr.com

Almost 50 years after Fairport Convention's[63] Liege and Lief album almost single-handedly invented English folk rock, drummer/multiinstrumentalist Mark Stevens and electric guitarist P.J. Wright had the feeling that there were untrodden trails and blank areas yet to discover. Out of this sentiment, they recorded the album "Cautionary Tales"[57] and assembled a touring band afterwards. TRADarrr's second album offers some Further Tales of Love, Death & Treachery from the English song tradition, featuring some well-known people (Spencer the Rover & the Bonny Lass of Anglesey) and places (the Lowlands of Holland & the Cuckoo's Nest). The tempestuous "Winter Winds" had been lifted from an old broadside ballad; "Dream Not of Love" is a song from the 19th century farmworker-turned-poet John Clare.[24] The north-eastern "Rap Her to Bank" is originally recounting the last shift of an old miner before retirement; with additional lyrics it has become a funeral eulogy for the British coal mining industry and the affected communities. TRADarrr are well equipped with three fiddlers and six brave male and female singers. Otherwise "Further Tales" is a sonic celebration of 1970's English folk rock, infused with grand ideas, infectious rhythms and splendid musicianship.
© Walkin' T:-)M


Deirdre Starr "Between the Half Light"
sloanstarrstateofmind, 2016

www.deirdrestarr.com

This is not the Irish summer party album, but rather grounded in the melancholic and wistful wintertime. Deirdre Starr[34][39] is a Maid that's Deep in Love from the Verdant Braes of Skreen and the Streams of Bunclody to where the Sweet Thames Flow Softly. Even the shanty song Leave Her Johnny is rather gently rocking everybody to sleep than rocking the boat. Furthermore, Deirdre has written the title track for her recently departed sister, "Between the Half Light," evoking the twilight time between day and night when the banshees wail and the dead make an appearance. Yet, the Month of January is eventually all over and the Snows They Melt the Soonest, as they say. Deirdre Starr's fifth album is made up of the most beautiful traditional music – sad, soulful and spooky. Her bell-like singing voice is almost celestial and angelic, though deeply touching and human. She plays the piano, with the occasional support from fellow artists such as accordionist Dermot Byrne (Altan), flutist Alan Doherty (formerly of Gráda), fiddlers Máire Breatnach and Tola Custy.
© Walkin' T:-)M


Robbie Bankes "Foothills"
Own label, 2016

Artist Video

www.robbiebankes.com

At the tender age of 20, singer-songwriter Robbie Bankes presents himself like a seasoned folk musician. He hails from Calgary in the West Canadian province of Alberta, but is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Folk Music at the Høgskolen i Sørøst-Norge (The University College of Southeast Norway) in the small town of Rauland, Telemark. After a first release of demo tracks, "Through February Snow,"[59] Robbie Bankes makes a great impact now with his debut long-playing record, "Foothills." It kicks off with a version of the Child ballad "Geordie," with lyrics unearthed in America and set to an original tune. "The Unquiet Grave" is an English folk song collected by Francis James Child too. Robbie also deals with the US Civil War era love song "The Blackest Crow" and the Scottish "Seven Gypsies" (a variant of the better-known "Raggle Taggle Gypsy" credited to Nic Jones). This builds a bridge to Robbie's own poetic and metaphorical songs, constructed upon the firm bedrock of traditional music but reinforced with an injection of modern ingredients. Whereas the mood remains reflective and contemplative throughout (his "Ivan, Ivan" is even inspired by a bleak old Norwegian tune), sonic tone and vocal delivery get their bearings from contemporary folk rock, at times aiming at a (restrained) big band sound with bass, drums, pedal steel and all. Robbie plays guitar and fiddle himself, throwing in an original banjo tune for good measure, to provide an all-round carefree folk music package.
© Walkin' T:-)M


Black Bank Folk "Rising"
FSS Records, 2016

www.blackbankfolk.com

John Colbert and Jimmy Sheeran, known as Black Bank Folk, have grown up close-by in North Dublin, where they played trad and cover music in the pubs in the past decade. Their debut album "Rising"[62] is caused by the fact that John's great-uncle Con Colbert was one of the leader of the Easter Rising. On Easter Monday 1916, insurgents occupied the General Post Office and proclaimed the independent Republic of Ireland. One week later, nearly 500 rebels have been killed and their leaders, including the 27-year-old Con Colbert, have been executed by the British.[59] Colbert and Sheeran's concept album, however, does not want to uphold the flag of Irish patriotism, but rather recount the little human stories within the great historical events: the convicted Joseph Plunkett, who marries his Grace the day before his execution; Patrick Pearse's[60] brother Willie, who has not bore any weapon, but is convicted only because of his kinship. Since John Colbert is the bass player in Damien Dempsey's[35] band, he had also access to his fellow band members. Dempsey himself wrote and sung a song about his great-aunt Jennie Shanahan, who took part in 1916. Musically Blackbank Folk use catchy folk and country music, modern but with a particular Celtic touch. The duo is supposed to continue after the end of the whole Easter Rising celebrations. Which direction it will take is uncertain for the time being, but absolutely welcome.
© Walkin' T:-)M


Ana Alcaide "Leyenda"
Own label, 2016

Artist Video

www.anaalcaide.com

Nowadays in 2017, Ana Alcaide has become one of the most solid pillars in central Spain’s folk music scene.[42] ‘Leyenda’ (‘Legend’) is Ana’s fourth CD, once again full of the harmony and delicacy that characterized her previous work. The main sources of inspiration in her prior recordings (‘Viola de Teclas’, ‘Como la Luna y el Sol’,[55] ‘La Cantiga del Fuego’,[48] were the traditional songs and the history of the ‘Sefardíes’ (the Iberian Jews in the diaspora, to stay away from the Spanish Inquisition), this time are the old legends and the arcane myths the ones which fuel the flame in these twelve new songs in ‘Leyenda’. Ana’s pristine voice and her Swedish nyckelharpas are once again her preferred paintbrushes for the acoustic portraying of stories such as: ‘Diosa Luolaien’, song with Nordic beat and lyrics inspired by an old Chinese legend, ‘La Ondina de Vacares’, telling a legend from Sierra Nevada (Granada, Andalusia, S-Spain), ‘La Mujer Muerta’, another old story about the formation of the mountain chain in Sierra de Guadarrama (Segovia, Central Spain), ‘La Lamia de Kobate’, based on a Basque legend, or ‘La Esposa Selkie’, a fable about the sort of seal mermaid in the Irish, Scottish, Faroese, and Icelandic folklore. All the tales in these songs are inspired on powerful female mythological figures from around the world. Musically speaking it is evident that Ana’s new style is putting some distance with respect to frequent traditional rhythms that defined her early work. You can still find some of them in the instrumental song ‘Folía de la Primavera’, with quite Spanish sonorities, and wise combination of the nyckelharpa and the guitar played by Rainer Seiferth. ‘El Puente the San Martín’ introduces some Arabic beats and melodies, while telling a story about the wife of the architect (‘alarife’) of the bridge of Saint Martin in Toledo. Not to be forgotten the vibrant closing tune in the CD: ‘Akelarre’. Besides Ana (nyckelharpa, keyboards, voice), Rainer (Spanish, baroque & acoustic guitars, cittern), and Ana’s loyal instrumentalist in her prior albums, Bill Cooley (psaltery, medieval lute, santur), the other musicians in ‘Leyenda’ are: Bruno Duque (whistles, dulzaina shawm, moxeño flute, xaphoon, ney), David Mayoral (all kinds of percussions), Paul Castejón (hang, keyboards), Renzo Ruggiero (hurdy-gurdy), Wafir S.Gibril (accordion), Isabel Martín (voice), Laura Fernández-Alcalde (voice), Jan Grimbergen (oboe d’amore), Oreka TX (txalaparta). The lyrics (all of them in Spanish) are written by Beatriz Moreno—Cervera.
© Pío Fernández


Mitch Kashmar "West Coast Toast"
Delta Groove Music, 2016

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Mitch Kashmar (vocals, harmonica, claves) is one of Southern California’s most prominent ambassadors of the West Coast Sound, an offspring of the Chicago Blues scene. Together with Junior Watson (Canned Heat) on guitar, Fred Kaplan on keyboards, Bill Stuve on upright bass and Marty Dodson on drums he recorded his third studio album with 6 original tracks and 5 cover versions for Delta Groove Music.
Starting off with Kashmar’s jazzy bluesy swinging instrumental track “East of 82nd Street”, the guys instantly capture your attention. Willie Dixon’s funky song “Too many cooks” is a perfect showcase for Kashmar, Kaplan and Watson who drop in some nice solos and “The Petroleum Blues” is an intoxicating Blues-rock by Kashmar, testifying his vocal prowess. Another highlight is the shuffling “Alcohol Blues” written by Sonny Boy Williamson and brilliantly performed by Kashmar and his band. They finish with Kashmar’s 7-and-a-half-minute instrumental jam session “Canoodlin’”.
Mitch Kashmar and his friends have recorded the album in a two days’ live session at Audiogrand, North Hollywood, that’s how professional Blues musicians work.
© Adolf „gorhand“ Goriup


The Young Folk "First Sign of Morning"
ARC Music / Pixie Pace Records, 2016

Artist Video

www.theyoungfolk.com

After their beautiful debut album[59] Dublin based trio The Young Folk present their sophomore CD. Songwriters Anthony Furey (guitars, vocals), Paul Butler (keyboards, vocals) and Tony McLoughlin (bass, mandolin, banjo, vocals) again invited some guest musicians to complete the line-up: Alex Borwick on trombone, Scott Halliday on drums and Gavin Glass on e-guitar and organ.
Furey wrote the hauntingly beautiful title song, a melancholic but rhythmic ballad with great vocals. "Home" is a rocking hymn by McLoughlin and the first single release and "Wolves" a drums driven song with changing pace. Butler's "Through the wilderness" is a rock ballad about a man struggling to feel home again after the return to his family and Furey sings about his broken heart when "Olivia leaves", a simple arrangement in 3/4 beat.
The new album of The Young Folk features 11 original songs, well crafted and performed, highlighting Furey's beautiful alto voice.
© Adolf „gorhand“ Goriup


The Smoke Wagon Blues Band "Cigar Store"
Own label, 2016

www.smokewagonbluesband.com

Canadian Blues man Corey Lueck (vocals, harp) and American guitar player Mike Stubbs are the main songwriters of The Smoke Wagon Blues Band. Together with the band, Nick Succi (organ, piano), Tibor Lukacs (drums), Jason Colavecchia (bass), Gordon Aichele (sax) and producer/engineer Steve Sherman (organ, percussion, bass), they recorded 11 original songs and 2 cover versions.
They start off with the rhythmic “Walking cane” (Lueck/Colavecchia/Stubbs), a powerful mix of Blues, Rock and Soul. “Hoodoo woman” by Lueck/Stubbs is a stomping Blues featuring brilliant harp sounds and the title track, written by the band, begins as an epic piano Blues before the guys accelerate the pace to an intoxicating Rock’n’Roll. Then guitar, harp and organ rock the “White mule” (Lueck/Lukacs/Stubbs), Blues-rock at its best, and Lueck sings the beautiful Blues ballad “Set me free” (Lueck/Stubbs). The final “You’ve been a good old wagon” (B. Harney/J. Biller) has been recorded by Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong in 1925, Corey Lueck and his band bring forward an inspired cover.
The new album by The Smoke Wagon Blues Band is a wonderful collection of songs embracing different styles and genres, from R&B to Blues, Soul and Rock, performed to perfection by great musicians.
© Adolf „gorhand“ Goriup


Jeff Chaz "This silence is killing me"
JCP Records, 2016

www.jeffchazblues.com

Jeff Chaz (guitar, vocals) is the Bourbon Street Bluesman TM, one of the hardest-working Blues musicians in today’s New Orleans. Together with Doug Therrien on bass, Doug Belote on drums, Michael Skinkus on percussion, John Autin and Tom Worrell on keyboards and a 4-piece horn section under trumpet player A.J. Pittman featuring Jimmy Weber (trumpet) Michael Genevay (trombone) and Ward Smith (saxophones) he recorded 11 self-crafted tracks.
Jeff is complaining “Savin’ everything for you” accompanied by mighty horn blows, pulsating bass, intoxicating drum pace, Worrell on keys and his awesome guitar playing. The title song is a soulful Blues ballad with Harry Hardin on violin, Therrien on double bass and Autin on keys featuring a mesmerizing guitar solo and Jeff admits “The Blues is my drug”, a breath-taking Southern Guitar Blues. After wishing everybody a swinging “Merry Christmas to You” Jeff is caught by an “Oncoming train”, a shuffling Blues-rock. The guys are closing the session with the instrumental “Creole mustard swing”, another perfect showcase for these brilliant musicians.
Jeff Chaz is a master Blues guitar player and has assembled some great musicians to record a striking Southern Blues album.
© Adolf „gorhand“ Goriup


Russ Hewitt "Cielo nocturno"
Saulitomusic, 2016

www.russhewittmusic.com

Guitar player Russ Hewitt has teamed up with a bunch of great musicians to record his 3rd album with 11 original instrumental tracks in Dallas TX and Hollywood CA: Alfredo Cacares on guitar, Bob Parr on bass and keys, Raphael Padilla on percussion, Walfredo Reyes Jr. on drums and Vladimir Kaliazine on accordion.
Hewitt is a fine guitar player and plays mostly Latino rhythms like on the Global Music awarded “Presidio”, the starting track, or on the laid back “Samba Sao Paulo”. Kaliazine’s accordion mesmerizes the mid-tempo tune “Serenidad” and Larry Carlton plays the second harmony guitar on “North of home”. Hewitt shares “Um abraco do Bossa”, a kiss of Bossa Nova, and explores the “Persian sky” together with Ardeshir Farah adding a few guitar solos as well.
Cielo nocturno is a mesmerizing collection of tunes skilfully brought forward by fine musicians, a laid-back pleasure for sunny afternoons.
© Adolf „gorhand“ Goriup


Jack Mack & The Heart Attack Horns "Back to the shack"
Freeroll Records, 2016

www.jackmack.com

Jack Mack & The Heat Attack Horns are composers Mark Campbell (vocals), Andrew Kastner (guitars) and Bill Bergmann (saxes, tambourine), drummer Tony Braunagel, bassist Bruce Atkinson, keyboarder Carlos Murguia, Les Lovitt on trumpet and Ed Berghoff on acoustic guitar. Joined by guests like Lee Thornburg on trombone and trumpet, Mike Finnegan on keyboards, Les Falconer on drums, Melanie Taylor’s beautiful voice and some great backing vocals they recorded 9 original and one covered song in the Don Peake All Stars Studios, Los Angeles.
Mel Taylor adds her sparkling vocals to “Standin’ before the king”, a funky Blues featuring mighty horns, great guitar licks, intoxicating pace and nice piano playing by Murguia. Finnegan plays the B3 on the soulful Blues-rock ballad “Somethin’ in the water” and Falconer takes the drum sticks for the jazzy Soul Rock “Never too late”. “Bad habit” is an electrifying up-beat Funk, the guys going crazy, and “Ain’t no way” by the late Carolyn Franklin is a melancholic ballad featuring Falconer on drums and Thornburg on trumpet and trombone. They finish with an intoxicating Rock’n’Roll, “Let me in” highlighting Murguia’s piano and Kastner’s guitar playing.
If you guys like good old Soul, Blues and Funk just listen to these guys, awesome sound.
© Adolf „gorhand“ Goriup


Jesse Dayton "The revealer"
Hardcharger Records, 2016

www.jessedayton.com

Austin based singer/songwriter Jesse Dayton (vocals, guitars, bass, percussion, keyboard) has made himself a name with his Country infused Americana. He recorded 12 original songs for his new album, accompanied by drummers Eric Tucker, Mike Stinson and Eric Hughes, keyboarder Riley Osbourne, fiddler Beth Chrisman and bass player John Evans.
Jesse starts off with the Texan flavoured Country Rock “Daddy was a badass”, driven by a great rhythm section he rocks with his powerful guitar work and his slightly hoarse voice. “Possum ran over my grave” is a melancholic ballad featuring fine guitar soli and soulful singing and Stinson’s “Take out the trash” is an intoxicating Rock’n’Roll. Other highlights are the beautiful mid-tempo Americana “Mrs. Victoria”, the brilliant up-beat Bluegrass / Rock’n’Roll “I’m at home getting’ hammered” or the final “Big State Motel”, a bluesy song with awesome guitar lines.
The ninth album of Jesse Dayton is a great collection of songs brought forward by excellent musicians. Check him out @ jessedayton.com!
© Adolf „gorhand“ Goriup


Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel "you belong here"
Own label, 2016

www.triggergospel.net

Anna Fermin is singer/songwriter of the Chicago based band Trigger Gospel featuring Andon Davis (guitars, vocals), Michael Krayniak (bass, vocals), Paul Bivans (drums, percussion) and Alton Smith (keyboards, accordion, vocals). Their latest release includes 9 original songs and one cover version.
Anna imagines in “One last drag” how it would be to dive in the depths of the ocean, driven by a cool drums/bass pace Anna is getting loud, Smith plays some nice keys, Davis lets his guitar sound and slowly you dive up from the musical journey, a brilliant opener. The title track is a hauntingly beautiful ballad with co-producer John Rice joining on acoustic guitar, Henry Alden Carpender on trombone and a powerful final. Rice plays acoustic guitar and mandolin on “Land of the long white cloud”, an intoxicating Bluegrass about New Zealand highlighting Anna’s beautiful voice. Together with Davis and Krayniak she wrote the melancholic Blues ballad “I swear”, Rice adds some violin strokes and Anna’s singing is breath-taking. Anna remembers “Great days”, a wonderful ballad for her mother, accompanied by Smith on piano and accordion and closes the session with “You coulda walked around the world”, a classic Country Blues by Butch Hancock, trombone and additional choir voices join in and lure you to sing along.
After having released 3 solo albums Anna Fermin called for her band again and they produced in my opinion one of the best Americana albums of the year.
© Adolf „gorhand“ Goriup


Sumner Anderson "Out along the bend"
Own label, 2016

www.sumneranderson.com

Anne Sumner and Rob Anderson were both singer/songwriters in the London open mic scene when they bumped into each other in early 2016. They started working together and recorded a CD with 8 original songs.
Rob's songs witness his love for American Country and Folk music, "Andy's song" is a beautiful Americana with Anne singing the second voice, while Anne mainly wrote and sings romantic ballads like "Anywhere with you". "AnnaLee" is a melancholic song written for Rob's Wayne Drury Project, Anne and Rob sing a beautiful duet. My favourites are the mid-tempo song "Swim any sea" by Anne and Rob's Country ballad "The very last cowboy's response".
Anne and Rob have produced an auspicious debut album, listen to some samples @ www.sumneranderson.com!
© Adolf „gorhand“ Goriup


Rev. Billy C. Wirtz "Full circle"
Eller Soul Records, 2016

www.revbillycwirtz.com

Blues pianist and comedian Rev. Billy C. Wirtz hails from Richmond VA. For the recordings of his new album he invited The Nighthawks, Mark Wenner (harmonica, vocals), Mark Stutso (drums, vocals), Johnny Castle (bass, vocals) and Paul Bell (guitar, vocals), as well as guest players Bob Driver (guitar, vocals), Steve Riggs (bass, vocals) and Lil’ Ronnie Owens (harmonica, vocals).
They kick off with an original Rock’n’Roll by Wirtz, “Too old”, intoxicating pace, nice guitar licks by Bell, harmonica solo by Wenner and Boogie Woogie piano. Driver joins for “Smokie part 2”, an instrumental shuffling Blues-rock by Bill Black, who played bass in Elvis Presley’s first band. Wirtz proves to be comedian with “One point five”, a humorous Two-Step, “Mama was a deadhead”, an epic piano Boogie, or the Rev’s theme “Who dat?”, a short piano sketch. Owens plays harmonica on Stick McGhee’s evergreen “Wine – spo-dee-o-dee”, the song that made McGhee famous in 1949, and Driver is co-writer and guitar player on “Mennonite surf party”, another up-beat Rock’n’Roll and perfect showcase for the brilliant musicians.
Rev. Billy C. Wirtz has recorded 9 original songs and 5 cover versions, accompanied by the legendary Nighthawks and other veteran Blues musicians.
© Adolf „gorhand“ Goriup



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