Dirty Red And The Soul Shakers review…February 27, 2019….

DIRTY RED AND THE SOUL SHAKERS

CLOUDLESS DAY

DIRTY RED RECORDS  DR 1002

HOT SAUCE–CREEPIN–TOUCH OF A WOMAN–THE PARTY DON’T START TILL I GET HERE–NEW DAY DAWNING–SWEET POTATO PIE–HARD BAD HABIT–PRETTY BOY BLUES–HELP ME BABY

Dirty Red And The Soul Shakers are based out of the Oklahoma City area, and are very well-versed in those lowdown dirty blues with a Master’s degree in the old-school ways of the masters.  Featuring Forrest Worrell on drums, John Stendel on bass, Ike Lamb on guitar, and a horn section to die for, christened as the Dirty Red Brass Section.  Can’t leave out the fearless leader tho–ol’ Dirty Red himself, a/k/a as Eric McDaniel.  He’s all over the harp and vocals on these ten cuts that comprise their latest release, “Cloudless Day,” which ain’t nothin’ but a stone blues party!

Produced by Chris Hardwick, also noted for his work with Bill Homans, (Watermelon Slim), this set gets off on the sho’nuff good foot, with the wah-wah-infused funk of “shake it like it’s Hot Sauce, and pour yourself all over me!”  Red’s harp lines bring a sweet touch of Junior Wells to “Creepin,” whilst a cool shot of juke-joint rock is the story of that lover who’s “like cocaine–she’s a Hard Bad Habit to break!”

We had two rockin’ favorites, too.  We first heard the “Pretty Boy Blues” on Tommy Z’s Sunday Night Blues Show, (streaming live on WBFO.org outta Buffalo, NY, on Sundays from 7 PM-Midnite, EST), and it is a burnin’ slow blues jam that offers up our hero’s autobiography with sly touches of tongue-in-cheek humor.  Then, Dirty Red comes in to “”lay my hammer down,” ’cause “The Party Don’t Start Till I Get Here!”

With a voice that is a unique cross between Howlin Wolf and Omar Kent Dykes, Dirty Red And The Soul Shakers bring that mighty fine vintage sound to a collection of blues-rockers in “Cloudless Day.”  Put on your dancin’ shoes and please enjoy this one, early, loud, and often!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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