Mitch Woods review…September 10, 2015…

MITCH WOODS

JAMMIN’ ON THE HIGH C’S

LIVE FROM MITCH WOODS CLUB 88

ON THE LEGENDARY RHYTHM AND BLUES CRUISE

CLUB 88/VIZZTONE RECORDS  VT 8815

BIG MAMOU–T’AINT NOBODY’S BIZNESS–RIP IT UP–STORY OF CLUB 88–BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY–JAMBALAYA–EYESIGHT TO THE BLIND–I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY–7 MILE LIMIT–ROCK ME BABY–WINE SPO DEE O DEE–FRIENDS OF BILL W.–BROKE–BOOM BOOM–WEE WEE HOURS–WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN’ GOIN’ ON–TOAST

Mitch Woods has been the “after hours” piano bar host on the Legendary Rhythm And Blues Cruise for twelve years now.  On January 21-23, 2015, the cruise ship rocked with Mitch backing an All-Star lineup of guest artists that make up “Jammin’ On The High C’s,” on the Vizztone label.

Fans, this is truly the next best thing to being on the Big Boat.  The crowds are rowdy, and the players feed off that vibe.  Leading off is Mitch jamming with members of Roomful Of Blues on “Big Mamou.”  Billy Branch blows some cool Chicago harp on a sparsely-arranged jam of “Eyesight To The Blind,” lamenting that he oughta be in bed, but everyone was glad he decided to play some blues instead! He comes back a bit later for a high-spirited read of “Boom Boom,” with Mitch on keys and vocals and Coco Montoya on guitar.

Dwayne Dopsie adds a touch of zydeco stomp to the party, rockin’ the joint with “Jambalaya” and closes the musical portion of the program with his squeeze-box kickin’ over Mitch’s piano on a , er, “killer” version of “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On!”

We had three favorites, too.  Mitch and Tommy Castro channel their inner Little Richard and sho’ nuff “Rip It Up!”  Victor Wainwright joins in on the piano fun for some extended jamming on “Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee,” and again on a raucous, Roaring-Twenties-inspired duet with Julia Magness on “T’aint Nobody’s Bizness.”

The Legendary Rhythm And Blues Cruise now employs four pianists who rotate shifts to make sure the boogie woogie rolls all nite long.  Mitch Woods has captured the good-time feel of being on that ship with “Jammin’ On The High C’s,” and it’s a boatload of fun!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

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