Professor Louie And The Crowmatix review…March 3, 2017…

PROFESSOR LOUIE

AND THE CROWMATIX

CROWIN’ THE BLUES

WOODSTOCK RECORDS  WR 61

I’M GONNA PLAY THE HONKY TONKS–PRISONER OF YOUR SOUND–HIGH HEEL SNEAKERS-LOVE IS KILLING ME–BLUES AND GOOD NEWS–FINE LITTLE MAMA–I FINALLY GOT YOU–WHY DID YOU DO THAT TO ME–CONFESSIN THE BLUES–BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY–THAT’S ALRIGHT–I’M ON MY WAY–BLUES FOR BUCKWHEAT

Professor Louie, dubbed such by Rick Danko, And The Crowmatix served as the backing band for The Band when they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.  And, just like that fantastic group, the music of Professor Louie And The Crowmatix blends blues, Americana, rock and roll, and gospel .  Their latest set, “Crowin The Blues,” features four originals and some unique arrangements of several classics from the blues and R & B canon.

Louie is on keys and vocals, and he starts the party with that lethal left hand on the Don Robey chestnut, “I’m gonna play the high-class joints, the low-class joints, and even The Honky Tonks!”  The band original, “A Prisoner Of Your Sound–you got a way with me,” has a walkin’ Mardi Gras-ish groove going on, while another original, “Blues And Good News” lays down a similar groove, with Miss Marie just whistlin’ away on this strong instrumental.

They visit classic blues with a red-hot read of Elmo James’ “Fine Little Mama,” and a couple that feature Miss Marie on lead vocals–a piano-heavy read of BB’s “Confessin The Blues,” and a low-down, back-in-the-alley version of Jimmy Rogers’ “That’s Alright.”

The band traces its gospel roots with a traditional take of “I’m On My Way to Canaan land,” and they close the proceedings with an instrumental tribute to the late Stanley Dural, Jr,  entitled “Blues For Buckwheat,” which features the Prof on accordion.

Our favorite was perhaps the set’s most unique cut.  The folks meld the lope of Jimmy Reed’s “Bright Lights, Big City” with the Drifters’ “On Broadway” for a slowed-tempo read of both these classics.

Professor Louie And The Crowmatix have been at it for thirteen albums now, and with “Crowin The Blues” they continue to create some of the sweetest sounds around in any genre’!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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