Cash Box Kings review…May 2, 2015…

CASH BOX KINGS

HOLDING COURT

BLIND PIG CD  BPCD 5165

I AIN’T GONNA BE NO MONKEY MAN–DOWNLOAD BLUES–GOTTA MOVE OUT TO THE SUBURBS–CASH BOX BOOGIE–HOBO BLUES–BABY WITHOUT YOU–JUJU–EVERYBODY’S FISHIN–OUT ON THE ROAD–SUGAR PEA–MISS YOU MISS ANNE–I’M A REAL LOVER–QUARTER TO BLUE

We always look forward to anything new by the Cash Box Kings, and “Holding Court” is another fine set of predominantly Chicago-styled blues from one of our favorites on the Blind Pig roster.

Joe Nosek is on harp and vocals, Oscar Wilson is on vocals, Joel Paterson and Billy Flynn are on guitars, Mark Haines and Beedy Eyes Smith are on drums, Beau Sample and Brad Ber are on bass, and Barrelhouse Chuck is on keys.  These guys are well-versed in the traditions of the Chess, Sun, and Vee-Jay sounds, and have a helluva good time puttin’ it down.

Oscar starts the party with the rockin’ shuffle, Smokey Smothers’ “I Ain’t Gonna Be No Monkey Man,” with Joe blowin’ right on time.  They capture the spirit of the droning boogie of John Lee Hooker with “Hobo Blues,” while Joe takes lead vocals on the jump-blues of “Baby Without You” and the second-line swing of “Juju,” both his own originals.  Oscar channels his inner Jimmy Rogers on the classic “Out On The Road,” and takes us down to the swamp with the sounds of “I’m A Real Lover.”

We had two favorites, too.  The fellows jump all over Willie Love’s “Everybody’s Fishin,” with Oscar’s vocal rockin’ the good-time vibe.  And, “Download Blues” bemoans the sad state of Internet piracy, where “nobody’s buyin’ music–they just steal it instead,” and “MP3’s are killin’ me!”

The Cash Box Kings always maintain a fresh, contemporary sound while staying true to the vintage sounds that they are all about.  They are “Holding Court” with a sho’ nuff fine new album!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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