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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I55 Records artist: Eric Hughes Band - Two In The Morning - Release Review

I just received and had the opportunity to review the newest release, Two In The Morning, by The Eric Hughes Band. This new release is made up of 14 tracks showing influences from rock, blues, country, funk... a little bit of everything. The recording starts off with Did You Have To Take The Dog Too?, a comedic tale of breakup. There's a nice harp breakout in this song (and consistently throughout the release). Holler If You Hear Me adds a little funk to the blues and has a great little guitar burst from Brad Webb to break things up. Muddy Waters Records another tale of break up and a man being separated from his blues records. The tune follows a Muddy Waters format and is overlaid with some cool harp work. Along Came You has a strong bass line and voice trace guitar line that is very effective. Chevy 2-Door is a man and his resonator singing about leaving. A pretty cool song. Volkswagen Blues is a more traditional blues song in the manner of Elmore James, just acoustic and bass, my favorite on the release. The Eight Fifteen is a straight forward Chicago style blues track. The Eight Fifteen of course is a train and gives Hughes to blow the harp a bit. Very nice. Keep Your Mojo Hid is an acoustic country style blues. Breaktime At The Briar Patch is a cool swingin' song with cool harp work on the top. Furry's Gravesite Blues is another twisted humorous song demonstrating creativity and some cool finger picking. Wet Ribs is a real nice harp solo to end a really solid recording.

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