Andy B.AND and SoulFolk review…October 28, 2019….

ANDY B.AND (FEAT. SOULFOLK)

LOOK WHAT THE CAT DRAGGED IN

INDIE ON AIR RECORDS

JUSTINE–WAY THAT MEN BE–MARY ELLIS–MASTER’S SHIP–CANDYMAN–LEAVIN TRAIN–ANOTHER CLOUDY DAY–INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULB BLUES–(A MIGHTY FUNKY) GROOVE THING

Jersey-based Andy B(ernstein) and the Andy B.AND recorded their debut in 2017, “My Roots Are Showing,” to a glowing array of positive reviews and feedback.  They are back with their latest, “Look What The Cat Dragged In,” a collection of originals and traditional fare that shows the band’s affinity for roadhouse rock as well as a variety of roots music.

Andy B. is on vocals and harp, and is backed by SoulFolk–Gary Ambrosy and Greg Stier on guitars, Paul Daloia on bass, and Bill Homeyer on drums.  They open with a sweet second-line groover, as our hero’s got it bad for “Justine.”  Roots-rock is the theme of the cool tale of the differences in men and women–hey, it’s just “The Way Men Be!”

One of our favorites was a song originally written in the aftermath of 9/11, the gospel-flavored, uplifting, “when the Master’s Ship comes in,” featuring Andy on harp.  A cool cha-cha groove drives another song about the constant struggles between men and women, as Andy declares that J. Geils was right, “Love Stinks,” and he’s hittin’ that “Leavin’ Train!”

Our other favorites closed the set.  A Berry-licious backbeat drives the musical history lesson about Thomas Edison and his “Incandescent Light Bulb Blues,” which just “don’t burn in Jersey no more!”  Then, a mythical conversation between Luke The Drifter and Howlin’ Wolf finds these two unlikely characters loving the music of the other, making everything a sho’ nuff (Mighty Funky) Groove Thing!”

The Andy B.AND and SoulFolk continue to bring the best in blues and roots to fans not only in Jersey, but everywhere else good music is played.  Enjoy the most excellent “Look What The Cat Dragged In!”   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

 

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