Review: The Smoke Wagon Blues Band – Live In Hamilton
Posted on: Monday, Mar 17, 2014
The Smoke Wagon Blues Band – Live In Hamilton
Now these guys are tearing up the Canadian blues scene and listening to this live CD, it is not difficult to understand why. Leader Corey Lueck has a warm, smoky voice (of course!) and provides some fine harmonica work (though perhaps not often enough), whilst the band is tight and powerful, able to rock out, get down and funky, or come over all jazzy in addition to playing the blues pure and simple.
These guys are confident – it takes courage to open a blues album with a lengthy and moody version of Bill Withers’ ‘Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone’. Then there is ‘Barton Street Blues’, a country reworking of ‘Honky Tonk Women’ which may not be entirely serious… But the bulk of the album is blues, from the swinging style of ‘Hen House Hopping’ to a strutting cover of Muddy Waters’ ‘Blow Wind Blow’ – and it is all well worth a listen. It is nice, too, to find a band that concentrates on songs rather than solos.
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