CD Woodbury Band review…June 3, 2013…

THE CD WOODBURY BAND

MONDAY NIGHT!

WIDE WILLIE PRODUCTIONS

THESE BLUES KEEP ME RIGHT HERE–MEAN JENNY–BEEN SO LONG–MONDAY NIGHT–PAWN SHOP–PLEASURE’S ALL MINE–RING-A-DING–BURN THE BRIDGE–TWO WHEELS–SAUBALL BLUES

The CD Woodbury Band hails from the state of Washington, which also served as the home of Jimi Hendrix for a time.  In fact, CD himself has played Jimi’s music for the Hendrix family, as well as entertaining  two U. S. presidents.  As a guitarist, one can hear elements of blues, rock, Motown soul, and New Orleans funk all over the latest release from the CD Woodbury Band, entitled “Monday Night!”  CD and his backing crew of Don Montana on drums, Mike Marinig on sax, Chris Kliemann on keys, and Mike Fish on bass wail thru ten band originals that indeed run the gamut of several musical genres’.

 

The party starts with a classic “my baby done left me” shuffle, built around a “Chicken Shack-ish” riff, entitled “These Blues Keep Me Right Here,” and Chris and CD trade spirited solos off each other at the bridge.  “Been So Long” and “Mean Jenny” channel the “endless boogie” of John Lee Hooker up thru the Hill Country of north Mississippi, the latter a tale of a woman so spiteful, she’d “make an alligator cry.”  “Pleasure’s All Mine” is a jazzy, sax-heavy tale of playin’ in the band and traveling from town to town, while “Ring-A-Ding” is CD’s jump-blues ode to that “special girl,” and again features cool guitar and piano interplay.  “Pawn Shop” is a slow-blues autobiography of the band during its salad days, finding CD having to pawn his Gibson 335 just to eat.  “Two Wheels” has Don Montana on vocal over a groovy tale of his overly-generous biker mama and his “cherry red ’69 shovel!”

 

The title cut was our favorite.  It could have easily been named “Monday Night on the corner of Rampart and Canal,” with its funked-up percussion and organ, the scratchy guitars and Famous Flames-era horn section driving this second-line romp and  “cookin’ us all up a little rice and beans.”

 

For several years, the CD Woodbury Band has been called “the Northwest’s best-kept secret.”  Now, the word’s out everywhere with the release of “Monday Night!,” with its clever songcrafting, fascinating instrumentation, and overwhelming power to make you wanna get up and boogie!!!   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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