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Monday, April 9, 2012

Delmark Records artist: Studebaker John - Old School Rockin'

Time for the review of the new Studebaker John release Old School Rockin'. If you're looking for John Lee Hooker... look no's not here! What is here is a great rocking blues album. The first track, Rockin' That Boogie is rough, it's raw it's rockin'. It puts you in mind of early ZZ Top or Hound Dog Taylor with the purity of blues and rawness of the groove. Simply perfect. John slides all over the track and it's gets you listening immediately. Disease Called Love is continues in the vein of the rock that emerged out of the early blues. It has a quirky rhythm pattern and well done. Rockin' Hot stays in that ragged blues rock vein with the bass and guitar playing the same melody but with harmonics for a very cool sound. There is something about the simplicity of music that makes it great. Not that it isn't played well...because it is... it is more that the simplicity gives it a purity that is hard for squeeze from something that is overwritten and overplayed.John plays a grimey sounding guitar throughout and then accompanied with a greasy slide sound it just hits the nail. Fine Little Machine again finds that simple rock blues formula and just grinds it out! Old School Rockin' gets that Texas Blues lope going and you wonder what John will come up with next. Throw in the slide and you have everything that you need. Deal With The Devil gets some pretty heavy slide work going and some cool harp licks. I hate to keep repeating it, but this album is consistently great! Mesmerized is a total change from the entire cd with a Latin style beat. It gives John a chance to stretch a bit on guitar in improvisational fashion. Then right back at you with Brand New Rider. This recording is relentless with the driving raw blues rock. If you like this style music... and what's not to like... this cd is really the chit. Tumblin' Down The Road starts with a harp squall and drum driver. John takes the lead with his vocal but his guitar is ever present.

I don't know if you got it but I think that this is a strong recording. Get a copy now!
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