EIGHT O’ FIVE JIVE
RED RUDY TOO TUNES RRI 1003
MAKE MINE A DOUBLE–RAGGED–GET AWAY–PUT IT BACK–NEVER–I WON’T WEAR FLATS TO YOUR FUNERAL–ONE MORE GLASS OF WINE–MY MUMBLIN’ BABY–WATCH OUT FOR THEIR WIVES–BACK OF MY HAND–A LITTLE BIT OF BOURBON
In the tradition of Louis Jordan and Roy Milton And His Solid Senders, Nashville’s Eight O’ Five Jive are the epitome’ of cool, especially when it comes to laying down vintage blues and R & B that jumps, jives, and wails right outta your speakers directly into your soul! Vocalist Lee Shropshire is as brassy, sassy, and classy as they come, with Andy Scheinman on guitar, Bill Bois on bass, Duane Spencer on drums, and Pat Mosser on sax. On January 27, 2017, they will release their sophomore CD, aptly-entitled “Swing Set,” with ten band originals and one rarely-heard cover, showcasing just what a tight-knit group they are, easily capturing the intricacies of vintage jump-blues groups popular in the years immediately following WWII.
Letting the good times roll is easily the theme of this platter that matters, with several “drinkin” songs, as well as a few where Lee calls out some skirt-chasing guys, defiantly standing her ground. And, there are a few that allow time for reflection, and just plain ol’ getting away from the grind for a while. “Ragged” tackles a lover who’s a bit too possessive, and Lee reminds him that “sometimes I need time to be alone!” The rapid-fire bursts of sax and guitar fuel the stop-time request of Lee to just “Get Away, to any place but here!” “Never” has Lee being totally disinterested in a lothario, because “I’ll never wear your ring/we’ll never be a “thing!”
The set’s lone cover is a sho’ nuff hoot, and it’s always a crowd-pleaser at their live shows. Rudy Green originally recorded “My Mumblin’ Baby” for Excello waaaay back in the day, and Lee captures that tricky, staccato stutter-step vocal perfectly. Add to that Pat’s sax, which goes into overdrive on an extended solo at the bridge!
We had two favorites, too, and they open and close the party. On “Make Mine A Double,” Lee name-checks every drink from a Bloody Mary to a Tom Collins, and, “if you add rum, I’m so much more fun!” The good-time vibe of this one also has Lee’s witty allusion to Shirley Ellis’ “The Name Game” for good measure! They turn the lights out with a rousing story of Lee leaning heavily on her “coping mechanism”–“A Little Bit Of Bourbon makes everything better–good thing I’ve got a lot!”
For the second year in a row, Eight O’ Five Jive will be representin’ the Nashville Blues Society at the 33RD IBC’s in Memphis later this month. The judges better be ready to dance, because the grooves they lay down in “Swing Set” are simply irresistible! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.