Screamin’ John and TD Lind review…November 9, 2019….

SCREAMIN’ JOHN AND TD LIND

MR. LITTLE BIG MAN

DOWN IN THE ALLEY RECORDS

ROLLIN JOANNA–THE LETTER–SHAME SHAME SHAME–JELLY ROLL–LITTLE BIG MAN–ALL YOUR LOVE–WAY PAST MIDNIGHT–COLD STONE AND EMTINESS==GONNA DRAG YA–GOODNIGHT IRENE–REAPER’S KNOCKIN

What began as a reuniting of the members of the 90’s rock band, Edenstreet, has become a full-on blues reincarnation.  Their 2017 debut, “Gimme More Time,” played to rave reviews, and now, with “Mr. Little Big Man,” the blues have taken hold for good.  Featuring Screamin’ John Hawkins on guitars, TD Lind (Tim Arlon) on vocals, guitar, and piano, Jeff Crane on bass, Paul Culligan on drums, and Joel Pinkerton on harp, this set has five originals and six well-played, obscure covers that show the band’s ease in moving from New Orleans grooves, up thru the Delta and on uptown to Chi-Town for a more contemporary sound.  Adding to the mix is producer and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member Glyn Johns,

TD’s piano and Joel’s harp start things off with a trip down to Basin Street, with the NOLA groove of “Rollin Joanna.”  “The Letter,” originally done by B. B. King, is presented herein as a brilliantly-played slow-blues, followed by a unique, slowed-down tempo of the Jimmy Reed chestnut, “Shame Shame Shame.”  The title cut finds our hero “raised on the blues, and boogie woogie, too,” earning his name, “Mr. Little Big Man.”  Joel’s harp adds a unique dimension to the West Side, minor-key take on Magic Sam’s “All Your Love,” while the band original, “Cold Stone And Emptiness,” is all that’s left when your lover packs up and leaves.

Two definitive shout-outs to deep Delta blues close the set, and also served as our favorites.  First, TD’s vocals and John’s acoustic guitar lines work well on Leadbelly’s “Goodnight Irene,” and the set itself closes with a trip down to the Crossroads, the harp-and-slide-driven, “Reaper’s Knockin!”

Altho these gents were rockers back in the day, if you have a bluesman’s soul in you, well, it’s got to come out!  Enjoy Screamin’ John and TD Lind and the killer grooves of “Mr. Little Big Man!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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