HeavyDrunk review…September 29, 2019…..

HEAVYDRUNK

HOLY WATER

4142 RECORDS

IF I LOVED YOU HARD ENOUGH–WALKING TO THE MISSION IN THE RAIN–HEAVYDRUNK/HOLYWATER–ONE DANCING FOOL–I CAN’T BE SATISFIED–KEEPING UP WITH THE KID–HIGH ON LOVE–MEMPHIS–SOMEBODY’S GOT TO TAKE THEM PANTIES OFF–PICK YOU UP ALONG THE WAY–SLAVE–MIDNIGHT IN HARLEM–SHINE ON

Rob Robinson is the leader and driving force behind the nine-piece soul/blues/R & B unit named HeavyDrunk.  Rob is also the barbecue pit master at Puckett’s in Franklin, TN, a gig he’s had since 2008.  The group has found the time to release their latest for 4142 Records, “Holy Water,” eleven originals and two sweet covers that showcases this band’s eclecticism and diversity.

The fun starts with a tale of dysfunctional love built around a cool stop-time groove and allusions to “a hot pink flip-flop” in “the Piggly Wiggly parking lot,” entitled “If I Loved You Hard Enough.”  A song inspired by one of the band’s female singers, Gina Pittman, deals with that one “cool mother for ya,” that “One Dancing Fool,” featuring some Fred Wesley-inspired horn lines.  “Memphis” hits an old-school STAX groove, dealing with young love, as the Bluff City acts as the backdrop.  Its uplifting vibe made it one of our favorites, as was the band’s read of the Tedeschi-Trucks Band’s “Midnight In Harlem,” and its summery-soul groove.  A similarly-themed tune closed the set, “Shine On.”  In a world gripped by hatred and greed, this cut reminds us to let our light shine out to others, no matter how bleak the circumstances.

Our other favorite was the funniest cut on the set.  A parody done in the old-school style of Barry White, “Somebody’s Got To Take Them Panties Off” offers up a hilarious crash course in the art of, er, um, “female seduction!”

HeavyDrunk got its name from a comment made by Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown long ago, regarding a man with a penchant for over-imbibing the distilled spirits, and “Holy Water” is a fun romp spiced with blues, soul, gospel, and good times from the ol’ pit master, Rob Robinson!  Head on down to Puckett’s and tell him the Crows sent you!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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