Benny Turner and Cash McCall review…January 21, Martin Luther King Day, 2019….

BENNY TURNER AND CASH MCCALL

GOING BACK HOME

NOLA BLUE RECORDS  NB 007

GOT TO FIND A WAY–SPOONFUL–POISON IVY–MONEY–SHAKE YOUR MONEYMAKER–IT HURTS ME TOO–IT’S A MAN DOWN THERE–THE DIRTY DOZENS–BUILT FOR COMFORT–BRING IT ON HOME

There just ain’t nothin’ better than two veteran blues men doing what they do best–gettin’ together to get down on some of the classics from the cream of the entire blues canon.  That’s what we have with the latest from Benny Turner and Cash McCall, affectionately-entitled “Going Back Home,” for the NOLA Blue label.

Benny, the younger brother of the great Freddie King, and Cash, met in the clubs on the South and West Side of Chicago over sixty years ago. They decided to put together a set of standards and originals done up in the old-school way, just the way they rocked the house back in the good ol’ days.

The party starts with a good-old horn-fueled soul shouter, “I Got To Find A Way to get you back,” as Benny’s daughters, the Turner Sisters, give this one a gospel-ish, Staples Singers vibe.  Benny is on vocal, with Cash on rhythm guitar on the iconic “I’m like Poison Ivy, I’ll break out all over you!”  The fun just keeps on comin’ with good-time takes on Elmore’s “Shake Your Moneymaker” and a cool re-working of his “One Way Out,” with different lyrics that play out as “It’s A Man Down There–might be yo’ man, I don’t know.”

This whole thing is juiced and loose like a long-necked goose, and Cash’s vocals prove that he’s still got it goin’ on.  Check out his original, “Money,” about tough times in the world today, where “talk is cheap, except when there’s 20% inflation!”  And he goes right on down to the alley behind Memphis Music for “The Dirty Dozens,” where, as Roosevelt Sykes used to say, it’s a dirty mother for you, don’t you know!”

These weren’t even our favorites.  Cash is on vocal and Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone is on the harp for “Spoonful.”  Now, the story always was that it was Hubert Sumlin on guitar on the Chess original, but recent statements show that it was more likely Benny’s brother, Freddie King on the original, and, with Benny on rhythm herein, this song comes full-circle.  The set closes with a stone blues party as Billy Branch joins in on vocals and harp on Sonny Boy Williamson’s “Bring It On Home.”  As the festivities draw to a close, Billy, Cash, and Benny recall tales of their youth in the clubs of Chicago!

Fans, this was a whole lot of fun.  Benny and Cash are having their CD release party down at Malcolm Anthony’s Memphis Music at 149 Beale, from 1:30-4:30 PM on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019.  If you can make it, please do so, and purchase a copy of “Going Back Home” and a T-shirt to help defray Cash’s medical expenses, then do one more thing—shake their hands, pose for a selfie, and tell them how much you appreciate them and their talents, and how much their music, and the music of their all-too-few remaining contemporaries means to you!  Fellows, we got the pork chop sandwiches covered, and we love you!  Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow, the Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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