Review: Andy T-Nick Nixon Band: Drink Drank Drunk (featuring Anson Funderburgh)

Posted on: Sunday, Mar 3, 2013

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Andy T-Nick Nixon Band – Drink Drank Drunk (featuring Anson Funderburgh)

(Delta Groove Music: DGPCD158)

Here’s a top release from Delta Groove Records – firmly rooted in the classic Texas blues tradition, although both main protagonists are based in Nashville: the classy guitarist Andy T – aka Andy Talamantez; and the fine vocalist, Nick Nixon – a further Texas link comes in the form of producer, the great Anson Funderburgh, and a host of the ‘Lone Star’ states top players, such as Wes Starr, Hash Brown, Johnny Bradley, Danny Cochran and more.

The 12 tracks here include some choice covers and some Andy T and Nick Nixon originals, kicking off with a swing through Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown’s “Midnight Hour”; which is followed by the equally compelling and soulful “Don’t Touch Me (I’m Gonna Hit The Highway), with great guitar and vocals from the duo, and some sparkling keyboard work, as it is all through, from Christian Dozzler.

The title cut, “Drink Drank Drunk”, penned by Tom Hambridge and Gary Nicholson, is a leisurely shuffle, with some lusty saxophone from Ron Jones; and he again features on Paul Gayten’s “No Use Knockin'”. The cajun-flavoured stomp of Andy T’s “Have You Seen My Monkey” is a highlight, with another powerful vocal performance from Nick Nixon, and Dozzler on accordion. Producer Anson Funderburgh lends his exquisite guitar to a few tracks, sparring with Andy T on the bouncy instrumental, “Dos Dano”.

The soulful blues of “No End To The Blues” is another gem – Nixon’s vocals enhanced by some nice backing work from Nashville’s own Markey; Andy T’s clean guitar lines dominate the strutting blues of his own “On My Way To Texas”, with Funderburgh back on board for a lively cover of the old chestnut, “Hi-Heel Sneakers”.

The low-down Texas groove of “You Look So Good To Me” is enhanced by the harmonica work of Hash Brown, and this most enjoyable of albums comes to a great ending with a soulful and high-energy romp through Ray Charles “I Got A Woman” – again driven by Nick Nixon’s soulful vocal and more impressive accordion work from Christian Dozzler.

Pure blues albums like this seem to becoming ‘thin on the ground’ . . . and here we have a set of marvellous musicians, with great tunes, wonderfully recorded, simply having a ball . . . . what’s not to like? Highly recommended for all blues lovers in the house!

GRAHAME RHODES

www.andytband.com

www.deltagroovemusic.com

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