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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Down In The Alley Records artist: Cort Duggins - Luke's Juke - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Luke's Juke, by Cort Duggins and it's a cool mix of Chicago style blues. Opening with I Can't get You Off My Mind, Babe, Duggins, is a virtual one man band (one track at a time) with a rolling bass line, rhythm guitar, simple drums line, vocal and harmonica. Cool. My favorite track on the release is slow blues, Blue And Lonesome Ramblin' Man with mandolin like guitar strumming and quick guitar riffs over shimmering reverb laden chords, raw vocals and soulful harmonica. Very nice. Shuffle track, Watch Yourself, Mind Your Own Business has some fun riffs both on harmonica and guitar. Duggins' vocals on this track on my favorites and his slide work is primitive but cool. Honky Tonkin' Down Easy starts off with a simple, tom tom laden, almost Latin beat but mellows into full boogie with a cool walking bass line and wailing harmonica. Wrapping the release is Hey Good Lookin, I'm Ready, the clearest mix of Hank and Willie on the release with raw vocal and drums, supplemented with harmonica.

It's an interesting idea and a cool release. 

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