Heres a CD for those who like some boogie-woogie with their blues. There are plenty of covers of rock n roll songs here, including Give Me One Reason and Good Lovin, neither of which sounds all that much like the original, and thats kind of fun.
The album opens with an instrumental version of The Whos Wont Be Fooled Again, which is unexpected for a band known mostly for swamp blues. All of the songs (mostly instrumentals) are new versions of 1970s songs. Theyre good if youre looking to mix up your playlist or if you need some instrumental backing whilst you speak to your audience.
Heres a follow-up to the Lindens album Colin Linden Live, released 30 years ago. Theres a grungy, unpolished feel to most of this album, but thats what makes it stand out from some of the more studio-fied blues albums coming out. Too Late to Holler stands out as a solid rocker.
Copeland, from Chicago, consistently puts on a good show, and this CD is no exception. It features powerful, insistent vocals along with critique of social issues. Influences include Ruth Brown, Koko Taylor and Etta James. The title seems to refer both to Copelands age (33) and the speed at which vinyl albums play on the turntable.
The opening number, Rotgut Run, has a nice driving on-the-road feel to it, building up momentum. Actually, transportation plays a big part on this album as a whole (V-8 Ford, Zydeco Train . . .) as do animals (Dog Days, Three Cool Cats, Monkey . . . ), all set to a toe-tapping beat.
Dont Play: Track #9, Taint FCC Violation