Little Red Rooster Blues Band review….August 7, 2018…

THE LITTLE RED ROOSTER BLUES BAND

LOCK UP THE LIQUOR

PITCHIN WOO–DRINKIN WINE ON MY DIME–RATHER BE LONESOME–COTTON MOUTH (TRIBUTE TO JAMES COTTON)–READY FOR GOODBYE–JUST A DISTANT MEMORY–THRIFT SHOP RUBBERS–NOTHIN LEFT BETWEEN US–OUGHTA BE A LAW–TROUBLE IN THE JUNGLE–SIX STRONG MEN–LIVIN’ AT JERRY’S HOUSE–4 O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING–CAN’T BELIEVE SHE’S MINE–LOCK UP THE LIQUOR

The Little Red Rooster Blues Band is comprised of a group of stellar musicians who have spent the last thirty years or so spreadin’ the gospel of the blues to hungry fans up and down the East Coast.  They combine a love for both the traditional Chicago sound and jump-blues stylings into a concoction that brews up good times all around, and you can drink your fill from the fifteen original cuts that make up “Lock Up The Liquor,” their latest release.

Kevin McCann is on guitar and vocals, Dave Holtzman is on harp (and vocals on two cuts), Jeff Michael is on bass, and Bob Holden is on drums.  Special guests include Anthony Geraci on keys on seven cuts, and Steve Guyger on harp and vocal for one cut, the killer slow-burn of “4 O’Clock In The Morning!”  Check out the loping swing of “Drinkin’ Wine On My Dime,” where his lover’s “bar bill looks more like the national debt!”  The fellows hit a Little Walter stride with the clippity-clop of “Rather Be Lonesome,” while “Ready For Goodbye” is a true shot of a Fifties-inspired love ballad.  Dave takes the vocal on the gospel-flavored tale of “the end of my road,” where “Six Strong Men” will “carry me down.”

We had two favorites, too.  You really must pay attention to the lyrics in the slyly-sexy story of those raggedy “Thrift Store Rubbers,” with Dave rockin’ that big ol’ chromatic on this good-time cut.  And, the set closes on a high note with the title cut, as our hero has to “Lock Up The Liquor” for a friend who’s “always drinkin’ everybody else’s stuff!”  Anthony Geraci lays down fifty shades of boogie woogie on the 88’s here, too.

Fans, the Little Red Rooster Blues Band is just what the doctor ordered–forgettin’ your troubles for a while from a cadre’ of characters who have been bringing the heat for over thirty years.  Might be an oxymoron, but let’s “Lock Up The Liquor” and have a blues party tonite!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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