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Friday, July 26, 2019

Rip Cat Records artist: Forty Fours - Twist The Knife - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Twist The Knife, from the 44's and it's hot! Opening with excellent, original instrumental track, Cutting Deep, the band holds a tight blues rally while lead guitar player, Johnny Main tears it up. Excellent style and chops makes this one of the coolest new tracks I've heard this year. With Eric Von Herzen on harp, Mike Hightower on bass, Gary Ferguson on drums and Junior Watson on guitar, this is a massive opener. On Howlin' Wollf''s Howlin', Main sings with a raspy, Wolf like voice and rolls immediately into a nice long guitar solo, also nicely worked over by Von Herzen on harmonica. Very cool. On Morganfield's Champagne and Reefer, Main sings soulfully and Von Herzen really has nice tone with an excellent harp solo. Very cool. Doyle Bramhall II's Rosie is up next with it's swampy drive and droning lower end. Main really takes advantage of this primal feel with wailing guitar soloing, complimented by Von Herzen's fat harp work. Very nice! James Harmon's Helsinki Blues is up next with it's even pace and low key bottom. Excellent vocals and stinging guitar riffs by Main make this another of the best tracks on the release. Very nice. Wrapping the release is T-Bone Walker's 44's Shuffle with a real nice intro by Von Herzen. Main's vocals are smooth and steady Von Hersen really digs in on this one with some of his nicest playing on the release. This is a great shuffle and a really solid closer for a strong release. 

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