Howard And The White Boys review…Dec. 12, 2014…

HOWARD AND THE WHITE BOYS

ROSA’S LOUNGE

3011 RECORDS

HEAT SEEKING MISSILE–STRUNG OUT ON THE BLUES–TROUBLE FOLLOWS YOU–JUDGE–WHAT WOULD I DO–GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER–BLACK CAT–THE LAST TIME–WALK AWAY–THE BLUES ARE KILLING ME–THAT’S ALRIGHT (STUDIO CUT)

Ever wonder what it would be like to go to an authentic Chicago blues club and see one of the hottest and hardest-working bands on the contemporary scene?  If, like us, you’ve never experienced it, the next best thing is the latest set from Howard And The White Boys, entitled “Rosa’s Lounge,” where this incendiary live set was recorded.

Led by the bold vocals of bassman Howard Mccullum,  these guys have been jamming together since 1988.  They have been mentored by Buddy Guy, who’s had them on tour and at his Legends club as well.

On this set, they are confident and cooking with gas in front of a friendly crowd.  Howard kicks things off with funky, swagger-filled message to all the ladies, that he’s got a “Heat Seeking Missile” ready to get down! Excellent slide guitar singes all the way thru “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner,” as Howard tells his lover to “warn your daddy, ’cause I’m his worst nightmare!”  Speaking of slide guitar, Steve Asmo romps throughout one of the rockingest cuts on the set, “Black Cat.”  “Walk Away” and “What Would I Do” explore the band’s vintage soul side, while the set closes with a studio cut, an uplifting, testifyin’ “That’s Alright.”

We had two favorites, too.  Guitars are blazing all over thru the slash-and-slow-burn of “Strung Out On The Blues,” while the funky “Judge”is a socially-conscious piece on asking society to remember, “don’t judge me and I won’t judge you!”

Howard And The White Boys are veterans on the scene, and know what a crowd wants.  They sho’ nuff deliver, live down at “Rosa’s Lounge.”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society.

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