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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Severn Records artist: The Nighthawks - Damn Good Time - New Release Review

I just got the new Nighthawks release called Damn Good Time and that's exactly what it is. This recording will be released on May 15 by Severn Records fresh off of their first ever Blues Music Award from the Blues Foundation as Acoustic Blues Album of the Year in 2011. The recording opens with Too Much, a classic loping blues tune which demonstrates why the Nighthawks have been around for such a long time with their tight band, vocal harmonies and cool harp work. Who You're Working For is a rockin' tune with straight crankin' solos from Paul Bell on Guitar and Mark Wenner on Harp. Bring Your Sister is a real rocker with great harp tones and and the vocal harmonies that you have come to expect from the band. Minimum Wage, a thought provoking song, turns into a pretty cool swing jam with laid back soloing from Bell and Wenner. Georgia Slop is sure to get everyone bopping around. Night Work, another loping blues slinger has a cool feel to it and the ever present punch from Wenner on harp as well as a few cool riffs from Bell. Let's Work Together, covered by a lot of bands in the past gets the solid vocal harmony treatment here with a pretty cool slide solo to punch up the track. Smack Dab In The Middle is particularly harmonic vocally but also has a bursting harp solo. The recording finishes up with Heartbreak Shake, a rocker with The Nighthawks giving it everything that they have. It's got the strong lead vocals, it's got the tight rhythm, it's got the slide ... it's a good wrap up to this set.
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