Mick Kolassa and Mark Telesca review…April 29, 2017….

MICK KOLASSA AND MARK TELESCA

YOU CAN’T DO THAT

SWING SUIT RECORDS  MMK 032017

I’LL CRY INSTEAD–CAN’T BUY ME LOVE–I FEEL FINE–FIXING A HOLE–YOU CAN’T DO THAT–GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE–LADY MADONNA–WHY DON’T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD–SHE’EAN MR. MUSTARD/POLYTHENE PAM–SHE CAME IN THROUGH THE BATHROOM WINDOW

Mick Kolassa and Mark Telesca are bluesmen through and through, and are accomplished musicians able to find  a blues thread in virtually every song they hear, and that includes some of the most revered songs of the 20TH Century–those written by Lennon and McCartney.  What began as an acoustic jam where they shared a guitar during the 2016 Blues Awards turned into this recording of acoustic blues versions of Beatles songs.  Early on, naysayers told the pair that “You Can’t Do That,” but that became the mantra to forge ahead with the project, and, subsequently, the title of the album itself.  Jeff Jensen jumped on board to produce and add guitar,  and the fellows pulled it off—in spades!

Their all-acoustic arrangements make some of these classics unrecognizable from their original forms, which is another cool thing about how they re-worked this material that most of us knew by heart.  Leading off, Mick pairs with Marc Franklin on trumpet for a jazzed-up, old-timey read of “I’ll Cry Instead.”  Memphis harp ace Eric Hughes blows the reeds as Mick gets down’n’dirty on the title cut, where a petulant lover is about to get the heave-ho.  This one is also spiced up by some sweet slide guitar.

Mark Telesca takes the listener down a somewhat-darker path on some of his lead vocals.  Evidence the minor-key influences on “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Fixing A Hole,” before rocking the hell outta “Got To Get You Into My Life.”

Tommy Boroughs on fiddle adds a unique aura to Mick’s vocal on “Lady Madonna,” and Tommy adds mandolin on our favorite, Mick’s “blues-grass,” high-lonesome read of “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window.”

It is amazing how the genre’ of the blues can be heard in just about every aspect of popular music. When you take two musicians the caliber of Mick Kolassa and Mark Telesca,  they can extract the blues outta just about any song, even after being told, “You Can’t Do That!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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