Corey Lueck review…October 1 2012….

COREY LUECK

AND THE SMOKE WAGON BLUES BAND

IT AIN’T EASY

INDIE POOL  TSWBB

DEVIL GOT MY WOMAN–HOLD ON TO YOU–JOSEPHINE–HEN HOUSE HOPPING–DOWN HEARTED BLUES–DRINKING HARD AND STEADY–IT AIN’T EASY–THAT VOODOO–TONGUE TIED–DAMAGED TIME–FINE FURRED MOMMA–AIN’T NO USE–WHERE DID I GO WRONG–SOME OTHER FOOL–DRINK BY THE SINK

 

Corey Lueck and the Smoke Wagon Blues Band honed their chops growing up as part  of the burgeoning blues scene in the Hamilton, Ontario, area.  With Corey on harp and vocal and Mike Stubbs on guitar, these two blues giants wrote the majority of the cuts on their latest set, “It Ain’t Easy.’  In these fifteen cuts (over sixty minutes of blues!) the fellows (and ladies) hit the  note, as they attempted to create songs that celebrate how they feel about the blues, while paying a mighty tribute to that vibrant Hess Village music scene that got them hooked in the first place.

These guys are really quite versatile, too.  Their sound is predominantly steeped in the traditional Chicago-combo-style blues, but they do touch on other genres’ in this entertaining set.  Corey has that “bluesman’s rasp”  in his vocal delivery that punctuates his authenticity, and the band is in fine form, too.

The set kicks off with “Devil Got My Woman,” a swingin’ affair about a woman who’ll do just about anything for a “little bit o’bourbon!”  It features Corey’s harp and also a sweet sax break from Gordon Aeichele.  “Hold On To You” gives a nod to the classic ballads of the Fifties, while the swampy funk of “Josephine” is driven by Mike Stubbs’ dobro, and has a vibe like those created by Levon Helm with The Band.  “That Voodoo” and “Where Did I Go Wrong?’ each feature vocals from Robin Banks, and two cuts, “It Ain’t Easy To Lose The One You Love” and “livin’ on Damaged Time” would be right at home down on Lower Broad at Tootsie’s.  The whole shootin’ match takes a turn toward the Delta with the dobro-heavy, echo-effect set-closer, “Drink By The Sink.”

We had some favorites, too.  Corey’s penchant for women with expensive tastes is the theme of “Fine Furred Momma,” who “drinks champagne from a bottomless glass!”  Another cool exercise in Delta blues is the story of “the rooster who can never catch that hen,” “Hen House Hopping.’  and, more sax from Gordon along with the cool lyrics to “Tongue Tied” brings to mind classic Hank Ballard.

 

Corey Lueck and the Smoke Wagon Blues Band have accomplished what they set out to do.  With “It Ain’t Easy,” they have shown the blues world what they’re all about thru strong originals with excellent musicianship!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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One response to this post.

  1. thanks so much guys for the nice review! and thanks so much for spreading the blues word!

    Corey Lueck

    Reply

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