WISHBONE–SHE LIKES TO BOOGIE–DOWN AT THE MISSISSIPPI–MR DJ–LAY IT ON DOWN–SHAKE IT LIKE JELLO–BOTTLE OF WHISKEY, BOTTLE OF WINE–USE TO LOVE ME–ONE MORE MILE–MONDAY MORNING BLUES–LET’S GO FISHING–GOING HOME (WITH UNCLE JESSE HUTSON)
Biscuit Miller is known for his killer live shows and that million-jiggawatts smile. He and his band, The Mix, have just released “Wishbone,” a collection of twelve of Biscuit’s originals, that are equal parts juke joint down-home blues and uptown funk. The core of the band has Biscuit on vocals and bass, with Myron Robinson on drums, and Bobby Wilson and Alex Smith on guitars.
They get off on the good foot with the opening, funky salvo of of a lover with a “figure sweet as Candye Kane,” “She’s my Wishbone!” It has fine horn-and-organ backing, and is made for the dancers! And, once you get her home, you know “She Likes To Boogie,” and “shake her hips just right!” This one has some fine Delta-fied slide, and, if you are familiar with Larry Garner, it brings to mind some of his works. “Lay It On Down” hearkens back to a simpler time, when people enjoyed “kinfolks gettin’ together, everybody having a good laugh,” and follows a pulsating, “endless boogie” groove, while the good-time tale of being on the road just a little to long has Biscuit going “One More Mile to see my baby’s smile!” And, the set closes with Biscuit and Uncle Jesse Hutson kickin’ it old-school on the gospel-fired “Going Home.”
Biscuit spent some time playing with Ronnie Baker Brooks, and Brooks returns the favor in a big way on a cut that served as one of our favorites. It’s a brooding, minor-key slow-blueser that has Biscuit asking “Mr. DJ” for “another blues song, ’cause I got trouble in my home.” Our other favorite also has a “Saturday night-meets Sunday morning” vibe, as Biscuit goes “Down To The Mississippi, everybody singing the blues!”
Biscuit Miller has that innate “feel” for mingling the blues of the Delta with the sounds of the city. Catch him live if you can, but, until then, the next best thing is a “Wishbone!” Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.