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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Spona artist: Tomislav Goluban - Chicago Rambler - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Chicago Rambler, from Tomislav Goluban and it's quite entertaining. Opening with barn burner, Pigeon Swing, Croatian harp player, Goluban, blows the doors off. If there's any question if the blues is alive and living in Croatia, there shouldn't be now. Excellent jam with Eric Noden on guitar, E.G. McDaniel on bass, and Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith on drums. Bag Full Of Troubles is a cool shuffle track with Goluban on lead vocal and joined by Filisko on harp. Catching a Latin trade wind, Jerry Ricks On My Mind is a really cool track. I like it's unconventional melody and both Goluban and slide player Noden step up with interesting solos. Surf rocker, Home Made Honey, has a really cool beat and Noden's guitar riffs nicely accent Beedy Eyes' tight drum riffs leading into Goluban's ending solo. BoDiddley tom tom beat on Do The Right Thing really makes for a great showcase for Smith. Alternate take on Jerry Hicks On My Mind is really cool with it's country acoustic piedmont styling. Great tune. Searchin' For My Baby is a cool, rag time style track with super vocals and harp by Goluban. Wrapping the release is shuffle track, I'll Got To My Cottage, with a solid swagger, full harp and Goluban singing in Croatian (Isel Budem v Kleticu). A fitting way to conclude a Croatian take on the blues.



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