Bad Brad and the Fat Cats review…April 6, 2014…

BAD BRAD AND THE FAT CATS

TAKE A WALK WITH ME

FAT CATS ENTERTAINMENT

TAKE A WALK WITH ME–LEGHOUND–EGO TRIP–TAKE IT EASY–GOING TO THE COUNTRY–HEADIN’ OUT–LUCKY MAN–OTHER SIDE–RUNNIN’ ME DOWN–SEE MY WAY–MAN ON THE MOVE–TRAIN DOWN SOUTH–UMA

We simply cannot say enough good things about this album.  Bad Brad and the Fat Cats are Brad Stivers on vocals and guitar, Alec Stivers on drums, and Nic Clark on harp.  These three guys bring more energy to the table than you can imagine to this set, and reminded us of the days of Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers.

Brad attended Northern Colorado University and has played that state’s major festivals, sharing the stage with the likes of Rick Estrin and Tommy Castro.  Brad’s been playing guitar since he was ten, and throughout this album you can hear evidence of his many influences, including SRV, B B and Robin Trower.

Check out the Hill Country stomp of “Ego Trip,” where Brad chastises a lover for “talkin’ trash from a run-down, one-room country shack,” and that stone Texas roadhouse boogie of “Man On The Move.”  “Other Side” follows a second-line rhythm pattern, and guest Matthew Young’s guitar really hits the mark on this one, while  Dwight Carrier adds the Creole spice with squeeze-box on “See My Way.”  And, there are two too-cool-for-school tributes to Jimmy Reed and Elmore James, with the loping stride of “Runnin’ Me Down” and that blistering title cut where Brad begs his lover to “Take A Walk With Me, down to Memphis, Tennessee!”

Even after all these great sounds, we had two favorites.  Brad’s a self-professed Leghound” lookin’ for some action in this fine shot of guitar-and-harp-driven blues, while the slow-blues of “Lucky Man”is a six-minute treasure of Brad’s trademark blues guitar, which gets ample room to stretch out and cut loose.

You could run a Prius all the way from Nashville to Memphis and back off the energy that Bad Brad and the Fat Cats cook up on “Take A Walk With Me.”  This one is guaranteed to have something for every blues lover’s taste!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

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