Professor Louie And The Crowmatix review…August 11, 2019….

PROFESSOR LOUIE AND THE CROWMATIX

MILES OF BLUES

WOODSTOCK RECORDS  WR 61

L-50 BLUES–FUNKY STEAMPUNK BLUES–LOVE BOUND–PASSION IN MY LIFE–RAIN 40 DAYS–EXIT ZERO–PLEASE SEND SOMEONE TO LOVE–ORANGE JUICE BLUES–OH MY LADY–BULL FROG JAM BLUES (LIVE)

Professor Louie, whose real name is Aaron L. Hurwitz, got his nom de plume from Rick Danko when the Professor was working with The Band on their induction ceremony into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.  He and The Crowmatix are based outta Woodstock, NY, and their latest release, the band’s fifteenth, is “Miles Of Blues,” eight band originals and two cool covers that show this band’s versatility and passion for blues and roots music in all forms.

Louie’s on vocals and keys, Miss Marie is the female vocalist and pianist, while John Platania is on guitar, with Gary Burke on drums, and Frank Campbell on bass.

The function at the junction starts with the Delta-meets-rock “L-50 Blues,” a shout-out to the vintage Gibson archtop acoustic that has been a mainstay in blues and rock.  Up next is the stone-cold grunge of the “Funky Steampunk Blues.”  A second-line pattern drives a tune with a rather somber subject matter, as Miss Marie is on lead vocal on a story dealing with the spate of hurricanes and floods across this country, the poignant, “Rain 40 Days, rain 40 nights.”  The set closes with a ten-minute good-time jam, featuring Miss Marie a’ whistling, a live “Bull Frog Jam Blues.”

We had two favorites, too.  The Professor sho’ nuff loves Miss Marie, and he tells the whole round world about his “passion in the light, passion in the dark,” on the stop-time “Passion In My Life.”  Miss Marie takes the lead vocal on a sanctified read of a song that is as viable and relevant as when Percy Mayfield wanted to “show the world how to get along” in the beautiful “Please Send Me Someone To Love.”

Professor Louie And The Crowmatix have been nominated for a Grammy, and the actual title of this album shows their love for all forms of music.  Enjoy “Miles Of Blues–From L-50 To Steampunk And Miles Of Blues In Between”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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