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Hook, Line & Sinker by Roomful of Blues
Released: Jan 2011
Label: Alligator Records
On their fourth album since they graduated to standard-bearing indie blues label Alligator, this four-decade-plus Rhode Island octet downplays ballads. Of a dozen cuts, they only slow down for the sleazing cheated-on screamer "Kill Me," the Lieber-Stoller blues "It" and the five-minute Floyd Dixon soul-jazz workout "Time Brings About a Change." Otherwise, pianos boogie-woogie and saxes honk: After horns call-and-respond with guitar in the punchy Gatemouth Brown instrumental "Gate Walks To Board," Amos Milburn's jump-blues "Juice, Juice, Juice" celebrates the loosening properties of alcohol.
CHUCK EDDY
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