Jason Elmore And Hoodoo Witch review…October 4, 2016…

JASON ELMORE

AND HOODOO WITCH

CHAMPAGNE VELVET

UNDERWORLD RECORDS  UND 0028

HOUSE ROCKIN’ BOOGIE #7–DOUBLE MY MONEY–MIDNIGHT IN MEMPHIS–MAYBE–SHINE YOUR LIGHT–CROSS-EYED WOMAN–LAMENT FOR EVELYN MCHALE–RIGHT AS RAIN–WISH–LAND OF PLENTY–CHAMPAGNE VELVET–THE PROMISE–GREEN TO GONE–MARY JANE

Jason Elmore And Hoodoo Witch are Jason on guitars and vocals, Brandon Katona on bass, and Mike Talbot on drums.  They lay down a mighty mean blend of blues-rock that owes much to Memphis and Texas, and everywhere in between.  All fourteen originals on their latest set, “Champagne Velvet,” fit this format, and featured a nod to a more soulful side of the band than on their previous albums.

You know you are in for a good time when the pre-song banter on the leadoff cut has everyone saying, “we ain’t drunk–we’re just drinkin,” before launching into a Sun-splashed shot of rockabilly blues, “House Rockin’ Boogie #7, till the break of day!”  A sweet shot of Southern-fried soul-blues deals with the loss of a lover “down on Riverside,” and is called “Midnight In Memphis.”  The slow-blues groove of the instrumental, “Lament For Evelyn McHale” features dual-guitar intensity, and recalls vintage Allman Brothers.

These are all good, but we love it when Jason made sure we all had our dancin’ shoes on.  The hilarious, double-time jump of “Cross-Eyed Woman” deals with a lover that “always gets along, but we never see eye to eye!” The loping groove of “Land Of Plenty” has our hero “starving to death” at the hands of women, gambling, and alcohol, and who’s always looking for that one big break!  And, the set closes with another sweet tremolo-and-twang fest, as Jason’s on the hunt for that elusive “good girl, Mary Jane!”  It’s full of every conceivable double-entendre’, set over a frenetic boogie-guitar reminiscent of Gene Vincent.

Jason Elmore And Hoodoo Witch dedicated “Champagne Velvet” to the late Texas bluesman Smokin’ Joe Kubek.  We know Joe would be proud, as these guys are sho’ nuff all about lettin’ the good times roll!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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