Mighty Mike Schermer review…April 15, 2019….

MIGHTY MIKE SCHERMER

BAD TATTOO

FINEDOG/VIZZTONE RECORDS  VT–FD61041

SHE WON’T BE COMING BACK–LOVER’S HALL OF FAME–HOW MUCH LONGER–I CAN’T LET IT GO–BAD TATTOO–AIN’T THAT THE WAY LOVE GOES–ONE THING ECERY DAY–HEY FRANCINE–BABY DOWN THE WELL–SUFFOCATING LOVE–STOP LOOKING FOR LOVE–UP ALL NIGHT

He’s a stone triple-threat guitarist/vocalist/songwriter, and Mighty Mike Schermer has been the go-to guitarist for so many legends we can’t count ’em all, but they include Pinetop, Elvin Bishop, and, currently, swamp-boogie queen Marcia Ball.  He’s a festival veteran, has a Blues Award nomination, and six previous albums.  Add to that list one more, with his latest, the  humorous, most-excellent “Bad Tattoo” for Finedog/Vizztone.  He headed to Cali to lay this one down at Kid Andersen’s Greaseland Studios, which features visits from Aki Kumar, Rick Estrin, Chris Cain, and Billy Price.  They all lend a hand in showcasing Mike’s mastery of virtually any style.

The set rumbles outta the gate with a rhumba beat behind “my baby;s gone,” and “She Won’t Be Coming Back.”  Austin Delone is on organ, which adds to the cool vibe Mike sets up with this one.  A sweet shot of summery soul is Mike’s break-up song about a girl who’ll get no consideration for “my Lover’s Hall Of Fame,” with congas and backing vocals from Dennis Dove.  Mike and Chris Cain swap some sweet licks in the story of that most vile of relationships, where “she’s gotta be everywhere you are,” that “Suffocating Love.”  Billy Price guests on backing vocals as our hero realizes he’s nothing more than “the latest flavor” with a lover, but, sadly, “I Can’t Let It Go.”  It features a blistering minor-key solo at the 1:30 mark, too.  Rick Estrin adds harp to the gentle lppe of “when you Stop Looking For Love, that’s when you’ll find it!”

Our favorite was the title cut.  It swings from the first note, as Mike laments that “Bad Tattoo” of  another man’s name in a sho’ nuff VERY private place on his latest lover!

If you want some great, Telecaster-driven blues, then do as a great man once told us, and don’t go no further than Mighty Mike Schermer and “Bad Tattoo!!!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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