Review: Little Mike & The Tornadoes – Forgive Me

Posted on: Sunday, Jul 14, 2013


Little Mike & The Tornadoes – Forgive Me

(ELROD: ER13231)

Little Mike Markowitz is based in New York but recorded this CD deep down in Florida and it has the nicely relaxed singer and harmonica player backed by some of the Sunshine State’s finest (Warren King, Bob Greenlee and Ace Moreland are all involved, and Sonny Rhodes is on lap steel), recalling the heyday of Kingsnake Records back in the 90s.

There is a fine 50s Chicago feel to many of the numbers, helped by Troy Nahumko’s uncanny ability to recreate the kind of guitar lines that Robert Jr. Lockwood used to provide way back – take a listen to the title track if possible. The eleven minutes plus of ‘My Little Therese’ hark back even a little further to John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson No 1, though Jim McKaba’s piano playing is pure Otis Spann – which is a recommendation in itself.

Soul music comes courtesy of ‘Nothin’ I Wouldn’t Do’, which also features some uncredited horn work (also present on some other tracks), whilst the opening ‘Opelousas Rain’ hits a wonderful Elmore James styled groove and stays there for six and a half minutes – that I have no problem with at all!. Little Mike began his recording career backing Pinetop Perkins and then Hubert Sumlin for Blind Pig Records, so he knows his stuff; this release just confirms that.


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