Dave Muskett review…February 13, 2016…

THE DAVE MUSKETT

ACOUSTIC BLUES BAND

RECORDED LIVE AT

THE SLIPPERY NOODLE INN

MUSKETT MUSIC MEDIA

INTRO–THAT KIND OF WALK–AIN’T MY GOOD GIRL NOW–SHE CAN’T GIVE ME THE BLUES–HANDYMAN BLUES–AIN’T GOT IT ALL–RAIN SONG–SWEET MARY JANE–GOT THE NEED–SEMI-NAKED SHOE SHINE–TAKE A LOOK AT THIS–PET THAT THING–YOU GOTTA KNOW

Guitarist Dave Muskett was an IBC finalist in 2015 with Mark Carnes as his duos partner on the harp.  They have expanded to a full band by adding upright bass fiddle man Jay Arnold and drummer Charlie Bushor.  With an entire set of original tunes, The Dave Muskett Acoustic Blues Band have just released “Recorded Live At The Slippery Noodle Inn,” which showcases not only Dave’s finger picking prowess, but his storyteller’s soul as well.

That’s the thing with this live set.  Dave and the fellows capture the spirit of the old-school masters, while keeping the whole thing contemporary for today’s audiences.  For us, it was like having some of the players from the era of “ridin’ the blinds” sitting on your front porch and swapping tales of who’s a “good gal” and who’s not!

Make your own decision on the leadoff cut, as the girl with “That Kind Of Walk” will make you sit up and take notice!  Then there’s Mattie Lee, who “Ain’t My Good Girl Now,” mainly because she “makes a lotta money, but she don’t say how!”  This one is a lively, ragtime jumper from start to finish,  They slow things down a bit with the tale of a girl who “gives me more money than I can use, but She Can’t Give Me The Blues.”  They close the set with an Elmore James-ish rocker, “You Gotta Know, baby, you ain’t doin’ me no good!”

We had two favorites, too.  Dave channels his inner Robert Johnson on the slightly-naughty “Handyman Blues,” and then goes into full-on double-entendre’ mode on the playfully-sexy request to his lover to “Pet That Thing!”  (Why, her poodle, of course!)

The Dave Muskett Acoustic Blues Band take the traditional and make it fresh and fun.  “Live At The Slippery Noodle Inn” is a sweet listen, indeed!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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