Review: The Franny Eubank Band – Tiger Tank Blues EP

Posted on: Monday, Oct 29, 2012

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The Franny Eubank Band – Tiger Tank Blues EP

Personnel: Franny Eubank (vocals & harp); Tom Attah (guitar); Ari Rannus  (guitar); Bo Lee (bass guitar); Phil Bennett (drums).

This EP by these brilliant musicians takes me back to a time when blues was raw and rugged as you could get it and it is revitalised here – just pure blues. Although the tracks here are covers they are classics in their own right and a new generation of listeners are beginning to get turned on by the “Blues”.

The whole EP has crazy harp playing, brilliant guitar work, and drum work – listen to track 3.

Track one: “Kansas City”. Written by Leiber &d Stoller, is a classic number covered by numerous artists, this is how it should be sung with that gritty r&b edge to it.

Track Two: “Long Distance Call”. The great McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters) recorded this one and is a fantastic track – a slow blues number on which they have captured the man himself.

Track Three: “No Way Out”. This is a take on the Elmore James number, One Way Out – performed by The Allman Brothers – this one combines all the talent the guys have, and they’ve put a Latino feel to this one, and Phil Bennett on drums does his thing.

Track Four: “Dust My Blues”. Another Elmore James masterpiece – this is the track for me, and it cuts you in half.

This is a blues EP you will want in your collection – listen to it on their website.

www.frannyeubank.com

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National and International Music Reviewer

(Pic: Franny Eubank and Tom Attah at this year’s Worthenbury Blues & Roots Festival)

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