Review: Bad Brad & The Fat Cats – Take A Walk With Me – Live In The Studio

Posted on: Saturday, May 10, 2014

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Bad Brad & The Fat Cats – Take A Walk With Me – Live In The Studio

(Fat Cats Entertainment)

Someone once described Hound Dog Taylor’s music as “the wrangly end of the blues”. It is a nice description for the type of rough, tough, raw sounds not only of Hound Dog but also the likes of Lefty Dizz, Magic Slim, and a few others – maybe William Clarke too. Bad Brad’s music largely fits into that category as well – he has a strong sound, ringing guitar and wailing harp sluggin’ it out with each other over a fine, always on-the-nail rhythm section.

There are 13 original tracks, and ‘Train Down South’ does in fact remind me strongly of Hound Dog. Sophistication in these circumstances is the nice Jimmy Reed derived swamp-blues sound of ‘Runnin’ Me Down’ or the reggae-flavoured zydeco of ‘See My Way’, with lovely accordion from Dwight Carrier.

Brad Stivers was born in Wisconsin and lived all over the US before settling in Colorado, where he is currently based – with releases like this though he should break out pretty soon!

NORMAN DARWEN

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