Kim Wilson review…October 20, 2017….

KIM WILSON

BLUES AND BOOGIE, VOL. 1

SEVERN RECORDS CD 0070

BONUS BOOGIE–NO LOVE IN MY HEART–NINETY-NINE–WORRIED LIFE BLUES–YOU UPSET MY MIND–TEENAGE BEAT–SAME OLD BLUES–SEARCHED ALL OVER–FROM THE BOTTOM–LOOK WHATCHA DONE–BLUE AND LONESOME–SHO NUFF I DO–LEARN TO TREAT ME RIGHT–EDGIER–MEAN OLD FRISCO–YOU’RE THE ONE

For his latest album for Severn Records, Kim Wilson has gone back to the basics of good-time, old-school blues that served him well as a founding member of The Fabulous Thunderbirds and his brilliant solo career.  This one is entitled “Blues And Boogie, Vol. 1,” and, at a robust sixteen cuts, it is comprised of Kim’s originals and several well-played covers from some of his heroes, such as Little Walter, Rice Miller, and James Cotton.  He’s joined by some of the best session men on the planet, too.  Along for this sweet ride are, among others, Billy Flynn, Big Jon Atkinson, Bob Welsh, Richard Innes, and Barrelhouse Chuck.

Fans of Kim’s older catalog and T’Birds stuff are going to love this one, as did we.  The fellows lead off with one of Kim’s originals, a cool instrumental with that vintage swagger, “Bonus Boogie,” and they revisit that groove a little later with another original, “Edgier.”  Kim pays a cool tribute to Little Walter by busting out the big ‘ol chromatic for “Teenage Beat,” and again on the slash and slow-burn of “Blue And Lonesome.”  They get in a West Side mood with Bob and Big Jon on guitars for Magic Sam’s “Look Whatcha Done,” and hit that loping Jimmy Reed stride with Billy Flynn on guitar for “You Upset My Mind.”

We picked two favorites, but everything is great.  We’ve always been partial to Rice Miller, and Kim gets into the swing of that tale “last year about this time,” when “you asked me for one hundred dollars, and I didn’t have but Ninety-Nine.”  He closes the set on a killer note, with a bass-heavy, echo-laden arrangement of Jimmy Rogers’ “You’re The One.”

Folks, all you have to do is listen to Kim Wilson and “Blues And Boogie, Vol. 1,” to hear what a labor of love this set was for him to create.  He promises there’ll be more to come, and we, frankly, can’t wait!  He intends to make this a part of his recorded legacy, and dedicates  this set to his “big brother,” James Cotton.  More, please!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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