The Mark Cameron Band review…May 25, 2017….

THE MARK CAMERON BAND

LIVE! AT BLUES ON THE CHIPPEWA

COP RECORDS  LPM 1678

DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE–SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LINE–DICEY–BORROWED TIME–MOJO SHUFFLE–HAMMERED BY THE BLUES–KILLIN FLOOR–PLAYING ROUGH–DONE ME WRONG–RUSTY OLD MODEL T–BACK SEAT BOOGIE

The Mark Cameron Band were about to play at Blues On The Chippewa at Memorial Park in Durand, WI, when bass man Scott Lundberg noticed the awesome equipment set-up.  Faster than Joliet Jake could say “Hit It!,” the fellows punched the REC button, and, ’bout an hour later, “Live! At Blues On The Chippewa” was a reality!  Ten originals and a hot cover of “Killin Floor” make up this record, with heavy emphasis on having a good time and pleasing crowds everywhere they go!

Mark Cameron, out of Minneapolis, is on vocals and all guitars, and does the writing.  Mr. Lundberg is on bass, Bill Reyes is on harp, Dan Schroeder is on drums, and Sheri Cameron is on flute, sax, percussion, and anything else a song might need.

The band’s hi-energy sound and Mark’s incredible guitar skills always make them festival favorites, and they get this party started with the irresistible groove of “the blues is goin’ around,” so “Is There A Doctor In The House?”  Bill gets in a fine harp run at mid-song, too.  Things get a little “Dicey” on the funked-up strut of a tune dealing with folks who “go places they ain’t supposed to go,” and “see things they ain’t supposed to see.,” with Sheri on the sax.    They get down ‘n’ dirty with the slow-blues attack of Memphis women and juke joints, and gettin’ “Hammered By The Blues.”  Mark busts out his Resonator for a slide-driven, stompin’ pull of Delta blues straight outta a Mason jar, “You Done Me Wrong,” and cranks up the boogie on the humorous tale of his lover and “puttin’ fancy chrome on a Rusty Old Model T!”

We had two favorites, too.  The set closes on a rockabilly note, as Mark’s lover vanishes and turns up later doing the “Back Seat Boogie” in another dude’s car!  And, another cool song about just what makes us click and what makes us “different from the rest–we got mojo,” with a heavy dose of the “Mojo Shuffle!’

The Mark Cameron Band possess that intangible “mojo,” if you will, that puts you in a dancin’ mood, and gives you that good feeling all over.  “Live! At Blues On The Chippewa” puts them right in their element–playing butt-rockin’ blues for a raucous crowd!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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