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Showing posts with label Whitaker Blues Records. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Whitaker Blues Records. Show all posts

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Whitaker Blues Records artist: The Barrett Anderson Band - HypnoBoogie - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, HypnoBoogie, by The Barrett Anderson Band and it is a super live release. Anderson, who started his professional career at 15 backing Pinetop Perkins and Bob Margolin before joining Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters at 16. After a few years with Earl and another hand full with Monster Mike Welch, Barrett released his first solo release, All The Way Down in 2007 and another, The Long Fall in 2012. This latest release, HypnoBoogie, was recorded live at The Fallout Shelter in Norwood, Mass on February 1, of 2020. Opening with Bo Diddley's, Mona, this band shows you immediately that no one in the crowd is gonna remain seated. with tom tom's flaring courtesy of Doug MacLeod and thumping bass and harmony vocal by Jamie Hatch, Anderson gets things cranking on his guitar and with energetic lead vocal. On Magic Sam's, Lookin' Good, Anderson's driving guitar vamp, pushed by MacLeod and Hatch drives the energy even higher on this blues rocking instrumental. Whipping out the slide for Son House's classic, Grinnin' In Your Face, Charlie Mallet adds a fat round tone, supplemented nicely by hard working toms by Macleod and nicely blended vocals by Anderson and Emily Anderson. I like the wailing slide tone that Mallet lays down on Blind Faith, an ethereal instrumental with a lot of atmosphere. Springing back with Broken Down with the energy of a Hill Country Blues track, Anderson gets things ramping up working his own guitar nicely with Mallet and the driving snare and cymbal combination of MacLeod and adding in a cool bass solo by Hatch. Wrapping the release is a rowdy version of J Geils' own, House Party. Seems obvious, but this is a perfect track to wrap a live concert with it's driving rhythm, well known lyrics, and the super opportunity to rock out. very cool. 

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