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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bad Brad & The Fat Cats - Take A Walk With Me - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Take A Walk With Me, by Bad Brad & The Fat Cats and it's a fire breathing blues monster! Opening with Texas style boogie and title track, Take A Walk With Me, Brad pulls out a little Elmore James action and gives it a modern flare for a ripping great opener. Leghound, another boogie track with a more understated attack features Nic Clark on harp and Alec Stivers on drums. This is a cool shuffle with a nice guitar solo to accompany Brads really nice vocals. Ego Trip sounds like a boogie from the John Lee Hooker song book. There's something about that classic Hooker sound that just makes a song cook. Harp player Greg MacKenzie adds icing to this already tasty track and Bad Brad not only understands the Hooker phrasing but also the boogie dynamics. Really nice! Take It Easy has a really sweet Texas lope along the lines of Mr Anson Funderburgh. A real foot stomper, this is a non stop riff dinner. Excellent. Going To The Country, really has the feel of the raw country blues and it's fast tempo especially due to the excellent drum work from Stivers. I'm glad that Brad doesn't need an excuse to lay it all out there because that he does and he certainly know what he's doing. Headin' Out maintains a little bit of that ragged edge but with the addition of Clark on harp and more sophisticated vocals of Bad Brad, this is a solid blues rocker. Lucky Man is that down and dirty slow blues that we all want to hear. Building slowly Brad uses his strong vocal accompanied by Clark on hark and light drumming by Stivers to set that table for the guitar fest. Brad has a super hand for phrasing and lays down some really nice screaming riffs contrasted by genuine feeling. Again, excellent! Other Side opens with Stivers laying down a New Orleans march beat. Brad takes control of the track immediately with super strong vocals. Understated slide guitar work adds a nice texture to this track as does some really cool finger picked riffs. Runnin' Me Down is a nice Chicago style blues shuffle. A really solid groove develops between Brad and Alec Stivers and Clark is right there with an understated cool harp solo. See My Way features Dwight Carrier on accordion and the track has a cajun feel to it. Man On The Move is a driving shuffle with a cool guitar over riff. This is another really strong track with Brad taking advantage of a really nice setting to again rip some really nice guitar riffs. Train Down South is another quick tempo track with train style drums rattling the rails. Brad again steps forward showing his guitar chops and certain dexterity. This is another super track and ready to put in the car for a long drive. Wrapping the release is UMA. Youu'd think that someone actually reads my reviews... a surf rocker! Yeah... this is a great track with with a mixture of Texas blues, California surf and 60's rock for just a perfect combo to pack it in. I really enjoyed reviewing this release and I suggest that if you think that you may enjoy this from my review... you likely will love it!

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  1. Bman, you hear Bad Brad's earlier album, Eyes On The Prize? It's just as good as this one! This band puts out some high quality tunage!!

    1. Thanks for the tip Dog! I know you know your stuff. This was my first exposure to Brad so I'll check it out.