J. B. Hutto review…April 17, 2015….

J. B. HUTTO

AND THE HAWKS

WITH SUNNYLAND SLIM

HAWK SQUAT

DELMARK RECORDS  DE 617

SPEAK MY MIND–IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND–TOO MUCH PRIDE–WHAT CAN YOU GET OUTSIDE THAT YOU CAN’T GET AT HOME–THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE–20% ALCOHOL–HIP SHAKIN–THE FEELING IS GONE–NOTORIETY WOMAN–TOO LATE–SEND HER HOME TO ME–HAWK SQUAT  BONUS TRACKS–I’LL CRY TOMORROW–SPEAK MY MIND–TOO MUCH PRIDE–HAWK SQUAT–THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE–SPEAK MY MIND (ALT 2)

The impact that Delmark Records has had on the contemporary blues scene is immeasurable.  Bob Koester has had his finger on the pulse of American blues and jazz for nearly sixty years, and many albums released on this label have been lauded by the music industry as timeless and historic.

Joseph Benjamin Hutto And His Hawks regularly played Turner’s Lounge at 39TH and Indiana in the heart of Chicago’s South Side.  After witnessing the raw power and unbridled passion of J. B.’s slide guitar, Bob Koester knew there would be a market for his unique sound.  The resulting recording is entitled “Hawk Squat,” which was originally recorded in May and August 1968, at the Sound Studio and at Ter-Mar studio, with the exception of “Hip Shakin,” which was recorded at Mother Blues on December 17, 1966.

In addition to the original twelve cuts, Bob has graciously opened his vaults to add six previously-unissued tracks to the expanded edition of this classic set.  J. B. is backed by some of Chicago’s finest, including Lee Jackson on second guitar, Junior Pettis and Dave Myers predominantly on bass, Frank Kirkland on drums, Maurice McIntyre on sax, and Sunnyland Slim on piano and organ.

These guys know how to bring the heat and have a good time doing it.  Our favorites included the scorching opener, “Speak My Mind,” the slow-groove of “Too Much Pride,” the houserockin’ “Hip Shakin,” and “Too Late,” with a great solo from Lee Jackson.  The unissued tracks present two alternate versions of “Speak My Mind,” a stripped-down “Too Much Pride,” and a cool alternate of the title cut, with Dave Myers on bass.

J. B. Hutto’s “Hawk Squat” was Delmark’s second modern blues recording, behind “Hoodoo Man Blues.”  With this expanded edition, fans can appreciate the power and energy J. B. brought to the crowds at Turner’s, and to all his recorded works.  Thanks again to Bob Koester for sharing these great slices of blues history!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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