AND THE COOK COUNTY KINGS
THE BLUES DON’T CARE
BLUE HOSS RECORDS
THE BLUES DON’T CARE–THE DREAM–MILLION MILES AWAY–COME ON IN THIS HOUSE–CAN’T FIND MY WAY BACK HOME–REPO MAN–TILL THE DAY I DIE–POSSUM IN MY TREE–STILL CALLED THE BLUES–CAN’T GO ON THIS WAY
Frank “Bang” Blinkal was born and raised in Chicago, and his guitar chops earned him a five-year stint with Buddy Guy’s outfit His first all-blues recording in some twenty-five years in the business is called “The Blues Don’t Care,” and, along with Frank on vocals and guitars, some of Chicago’s best sidemen are on hand to fill out the dance card. Brian Jones is on drums, Andre Howard is on bass, Donnie Nichilo is on keys, and Russ Green is on the harp.
Speaking of Buddy Guy, the leadoff title cut is closely associated with him, as Frank’s guitar wails over a deep-pocket groove, and he lets us all know that “whether you’re wrong or right, black or white, The Blues Don’t Care!” He turns a tune we first heard by Junior Wells, “Come On In This House,” into a, well, bangin’ stop-time raveup, with Russ blasting away on harp! The same can be said for Frank’s version of “Possum In My Tree,” with a swampy groove and pounding, riff-heavy guitars that morph into a wah-wah fest as the song climaxes.
Perhaps the set’s most unique cut served as our favorite. Frank busts out some seriously-searing slide guitar on the blistering nine minutes of Hill-Country stomp that is “Can’t Find My Way Back Home.”
For several years, Frank Bang led a blues-rock group called The Secret Stash. For his first full-on foray into straight blues, he and the Cook County Kings have upped their game considerably with “The Blues Don’t Care!” Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.