The Jimmys review…January 3, 2020….

THE JIMMYS

GOTTA HAVE IT

BROWN COW RECORDS  BCP 006

AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET–GRIM REAPER–WRITE A HIT–SHE GOTTA HAVE IT–STARTED UP AGAIN–HOTEL STEBBINS–DRINKIN–WHEN YOU GOT LOVE–ALWAYS A WOMAN–WORDS AND ACTIONS–SOMEDAY BABY–TAKE YOU BACK–JOSE

The Jimmys, led by keyboard man, composer, and vocalist Jimmy Voegeli. hail from Madison, WI, and have been playin’ their brand of booty-kickin’ high octans soul, blues, and horn-infused R &B for some twelve years now, and with their latest set, thirteen cuts that make up “Gotta Have It,” they show no signs of lettin’ off the gas!  It’s on Brown Cow Records, and was produced by Grammy-winner Tony Braunagel,  and features guest spots from Marcia Ball co-writing and performing on “Write A Hit,” and singing on “When You Got Love.”

This set is tailor-made for the dance floor, and, leading off,  the title cut sez it all–our hero and backing vocalist Melodye Perry offer up a rockin’ headline, “you Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!”  Marcia Ball joins the party on the tale of a pair of cheatin’ lovers who now have to “Write A Hit” to get things back to normal!  A cool, stop-time rocker dealing with a girl who has very expensive tastes is “she’s Gotta Have It, but she can’t get it from me!!”  This one served as one of our favorites.  Another favorite is the Jimmy Liggins-inspired, slow-walk of “Drinkin,” that gets me in trouble every time!”

We had two other favorites, too.  Greg Koch adds some tasty slide guitar to the Mardi Gras-flavored life lesson, “When You Got Love,” with duet vocals from Marcia Ball.  Our other favorite was written by Nashville legends Gary Nicholson and Kevin McKendree, as the fellows dig on a Brother Ray groove about a man’s biggest problem, which, invariably,  is “Always A Woman!”

The Jimmys can always be counted on to bring the best in blues and butt-rockin’ R & B to the party.  Hey–when they show up, they gon’ show out, and “Gotta Have It”  serves as their breakout album!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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