Godboogie review…April 18, 2017….

GODBOOGIE

PLAY MUSIC AND DANCE

VIZZTONE LABEL GROUP

PLAY MUSIC AND DANCE–HONEY BADGER–WOUNDED–IT’S A PARTY–KITTY–SO FAR AWAY–SIGN OF THE TIMES–DRAGON KING–THE WAY TO HEAVEN–REAL DUDE–CALL ON MY LOVE–WORKSHOP–TIGERS, HORSES, KINGS, AND QUEENS

Jerome Godboo has been rockin’ the blues in Toronto as well as all around the world for the last 30 years or so.  A mean harp-man, he sho’ nuff won Best Harp at the 2014 IBC’s, and he’s got a gritty, soulful vocal style, too.  He’s joined forces with Eric Schenkman, guitarist for the Spin Doctors,  Shawn Kellerman, bassist for Lucky Peterson, and drummer Gary Craig, who most recently was a part of the touring band backing the singers from the “Nashville” TV series, to form a “supergroup” of sorts, entitled Godboogie.  The four of ’em have just released “Play Music And Dance,” for the Vizztone group.  It’s a potent blend of all band originals that draws from all their combined influences and crosses several genres,’ while making sure that having a good time is front and center.

That’s the vibe of the set-opening title cut, as Jerome lays down a Fat Tuesday groove as he doubles on vocals and accordion, reminding us all to enjoy life, for it is much too soon over, and “Play Music And Dance!”  “It’s A Party” is a stone slab of funk that keeps the bon temps rouletting, while the ‘fore-day creep of “Kitty” ponders the musical question, has anybody seen my Kitty/there’s a pain in my chest where she used to be.”  “So Far Away” is chooglin’ boogie-blues at its finest, while the more somber tune regarding the sadly-ultimate escape from an abuser finds Jerome wondering aloud if she ever found “The Way To Heaven.”

We had two favorites, too.  the set closes on a positively-Hendrixian note, as “Tigers, Horses, Kings, And Queens” explains how to hold on to a lover, and uses swirling guitar and harp interplay that builds to a crackling climax.  And, “Wounded” is a minor-key classic that has a decidedly  Chicago’s-West-Side flavor in the vein of Jimmy Dawkins, Otis Rush, or Magic Sam Maghett.

You can’t beat these guys for uniqueness and a flair for great blues-rock.  Let Jerome Godboo and the fellows of Godboogie  lift your spirits high with “Play Music And Dance.”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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