Lurrie Bell And The Bell Dynasty review…July 7, 2018….

LURRIE BELL AND THE BELL DYNASTY

FEATURING CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE AND BILLY BRANCH

TRIBUTE TO CAREY BELL

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GONE TO MAIN STREET–HARD HEARTED WOMAN–I GOT TO GO–KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE–TOMORROW NIGHT–SO HARD TO LEAVE YOU ALONE–WHAT MY MOMMA TOLD ME–WOMAN IN TROUBLE–CAREY BELL WAS A FRIEND OF MINE–BREAK IT UP–HEARTACHES AND PAIN–WHEN I GET DRUNK

Carey Bell came to Chicago in the late-Fifties’, absorbing all he could from the harmonica legends who were already ensconced in that town.  Everyone was still alive and thriving, and it was no big stretch to go see Little Walter, Big Walter, Wolf, Cotton, Junior Wells and countless others, often on the same night!  By the time Carey began his recording career in 1969, he had already developed his own unique style that served him well until his untimely passing in May of 2007.  His sons, however, have all achieved their own level of musical expertise, and blend their talents to present Lurrie Bell and the Bell Dynasty’s “Tribute To Carey Bell,” for Delmark.  This set features Grammy-nominated Lurrie on guitar and vocals, Steve on harp, Tyson on bass, and James on drums and vocals (for three cuts).  Eddie Taylor, Jr., another famous son, adds guitar on nine cuts, and Ariyo Ariyoshi is on piano on three cuts.  Many of the songs on this set were favorites of Carey, and were staples in his live shows and recordings.

Leading off is Lurrie on vocals and guitar as Steve blows strong on the shufflin’ “Gone To Main Street,” and, a bit later, Charlie Musselwhite is on harp for the freight-train choogle of “I Got To Go.”  The fellows get into some serious slow-blues grooves, too, with Lurrie on vocal for “Hard Headed Woman, studies evil all the time,” “So Hard To Leave You Alone,” which features Billy Branch on harp, and Ariyo on piano, and “Keep Your Eyes On The Prize,” with James on the vocal.

Fans, every cut is priceless, but we had two favorites.  First up, Billy Branch is on harp and vocals as he proudly tells everybody that “Carey Bell Was A Friend Of Mine,” and “taught me everything I know.”  And, Lurrie closes the set with a Chicago juke-joint staple, “When I Get Drunk, who’s gonna carry me home?”

The Bell Dynasty—Lurrie, Steve, Tyson, and James—do an excellent job of carrying Pops’  bidness on, and their “Tribute To Carey Bell” is blues as raw as they come, and as good as it gets!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

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