Blues With Horns, Vol. 1 review…October 8, 2017….

CHRIS DANIELS AND THE KINGS

WITH FREDDI GOWDY

BLUES WITH HORNS, VOL. 1

MOON VOYAGE RECORDS

SWEET MEMPHIS–FRIED FOOD/HARD LIQUOR–GET UP OFF THE FUNK–SOOTHE ME BABY–WOULDN’T TREAT A DOG (THE WAY YOU TREATED ME)–BABY’S IN LOVE WITH THE RADIO–CAN’T EVEN DO WRONG RIGHT–YOU CAN STAY BUT THAT NOISE MUST GO–THEM CHANGES–RAIN CHECK

Chris Daniels And The Kings, along with Freddi Gowdy, are sho’ nuff on a mission to keep the horn-driven, soul-blues of the Sixties and Seventies alive, and introduce it to a whole new group of fans while sharing it with long-time fans such as us.  Chris and Freddi, both cancer survivors, have been together since ’bout 2009, and Chris And The Kings have 15 albums under their belt, this the second with Freddi.

Want some down-home blues?  Then, order up a slab of ribs from Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous, kick back, and dig the groove of “Sweet Memphis,” with Chris’ vocal ably backed by slide from Sonny Landreth.  Next up is a place many have been to–the neighborhood juke joint–or is it a bucket of blood?  Either way, you can get anything you want, especially, “Fried Food, Hard Liquor, and them down-home blues!”  The party rolls on as Freddi goes into full-on Godfather mode, with “Get Up Off The Funk,” with some cool work from the horny horn section!

That real mother for you, ol’ Johnny Guitar Watson, is featured thru two of his well-known cuts.  First up is a tune about a certain girl who won’t do nothin’, love-wise, as “Baby’s In Love With The Radio.”  And, a tough landlord berates our hero, telling him, “You Can Stay But That Noise Must Go!”  They get into a swingin’, New Orleans-style groove for Elvin Bishop’s tale of hard-luck Maurice, who “Can’t Even Do Wrong Right!”

We had two favorites, too.  We’ve always loved Sam Cooke’s music, and Chris and Freddi nail a song of his popularized by Sam Moore and Dave Prater, “Soothe Me with your kindness,” with a sweet sax break from Jim Waddell.  Chris closes the set with a light-hearted yet poignant look at mortality as told to him by his mother.  “Rain Check” urges us all to “dance every chance I get before I have to go!”

Trust us, if you will.  There’s nothing quite like the music of our youth that was laid down by the likes of Koko  Taylor, Johnnie Taylor, JB, Pickett, and many other legends who brought the horns along for the ride.  Chris Daniels, The Kings, and Freddi Gowdy have got it goin’ on with “Blues With Horns, Vol. 1!”  We say, most definitely, “More, please!!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

 

 

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