TAKIN’ AND GIVIN’
TAKIN’ AND GIVIN’–HIGH FLYIN’ MAMA–KANSAS CITY WOMEN–MR. JAMESON–WALKIN’ DOWN THE ROAD–YOU’RE SO HIP–I’M A DAMN GOOD TIME–CHARLIE BROWN–I’M GONE–SUNDAY AFTERNOON–LETTER TO MY BABY–DO-SI-DO–EVERY DAY AND EVERY NIGHT–EL GRAPE
Levee Town is based out of Kansas City, and are the house band at the iconic Knucklehead’s Saloon. Touring strong over the last fourteen years, “Takin’ And Givin” is their twelfth album, and it’s a sho’ nuff hi-energy set throughout!
The usual suspects are all over this one. Brandon Hudspeth is on guitar and vocals, Jacque Garrett is on vocals, bass, harp, and slide guitar, Adam Hagerman is on drums, and special guests include Annie Walser on piano, Chris Hazelton on B-3, Jimmie Meade on harp, and Jaisson Taylor on vocals on two cuts.
The set starts with the twang of the title cut, a story of a one-sided love affair, where “you do all the Takin’, and I do all the Givin!” A tribute to their time spent at Knucklehead’s is the gentle lope of “Kansas City Women, workin’ both sides of the line!” The Jimmy Reed groove is just plain irresistible! They go off on a Texas tangent with a shot of the good ole “endless boogie” that drives “You’re So Hip,” while “I’m Gone” has the feel of Sun-splashed rockabilly with a touch of gospel.
Jump-blues lovers will dig the the frenetic pace of “Letter To My Baby” and a humorous song about one of the band’s favorite libations–nothin’ like a shot of “Mr. Jameson” to conjure up a good time! And, that “High Flyin’ Mama” is a stone slab of funk, as she’s the girl who “keeps the liquor store open–single-handed!” The guitar part is reminiscent of vintage Albert Collins, and gives way to a killer extended organ solo from Chris.
Our favorite featured a vocal from Jaisson Taylor. Everybody gets in a slow-blues groove for Jaisson, who is testifyin’ to all of us that “I like my blues slow on Sunday,” entitled “Sunday Afternoon,” and featuring hot harp licks from Jimmie Meade.
Levee Town prided themselves with this album to have something that all fans would enjoy, and they’ve succeeded in spades! Enjoy the versatility of one of our favorite bands with “Takin’ And Givin!” Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.