Corey Dennison Band review…March 23, 2016…

COREY DENNISON BAND

GETCHA PULL!

DELMARK   DE 844

GETCHA PULL!–TUGBOAT BLUES–THE DEACON–ROOM TO BREATHE–CITY LIGHTS–SHE’S NO GOOD–AW, SNAP!–DON’T SAY YOU’RE SORRY–A FOOL’S GOODBYE–JASPER’S HOP–SHAME ON ME–STRANGE THINGS HAPPENING–GOOD ENUFF

The fine folks at Delmark Records certainly have their collective fingers on the pulse of what’s going on in contemporary blues.  Witness the recent set from Guy King, “Truth,” and now, add to that, another young blueshound, Corey Dennison, with his dazzling Delmark debut, “Getcha Pull!”

Born in Chattanooga, TN, Corey learned the basics of guitar from an uncle.  He spent eight years playing behind Carl Weathersby, where he honed his passion for that deep soul-blues that permeates the thirteen cuts on this set, all originals written by Corey and Gerry Hundt.  Corey is on guitar and vocals, Gerry is on guitar and organ, with Nik Skilnik on bass and Joel Baer on drums.

This party starts with the country-meets-the-city groove of the title cut, which refers to Tennessee’s favorite “tax-free libation,” from a Mason jar, “Getcha Pull!”  “The Deacon” throbs with the pulse of the West Side, as does the strutting funk of “City Lights.”  “Jasper’s Hop” is a blistering slice of guitar boogie instrumental, while the set closes with another example of why we love Chicago blues so much, the call-and-response of “every day I ask the same question–am I ever Good Enuff!”

We had several favorites, too.  Slow, low-down blues are well-represented with the story of a lover who’s got her own agenda, and Corey finally gives her “A Fool’s Goodbye.”  He injects a cold shot of humor with “Aw, Snap!,”  done in tribute to Carl Weathersby and Albert Collins, and deals with the daily trials of a bluesman who just can’t seem to catch a break.  And, in the fine tradition of Theodore Roosevelt “Hound Dog” Taylor and Magic Slim, there’s the pile-driving rockin’ boogie of “She’s No Good.”

On Corey Dennison’s closer, he asks “am I Good Enuff?”  To that, we say “Hell yeah!!”  You’ll say it, too, when you “Getcha Pull” of this one!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

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