Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater
Rock 'N' Roll City
13 tracks, 44 minutes.
by Craig Ruskey
Review date: October 2003
"Keeping the Blues Alive Award"|
Achievement for Blues on the Internet
Presented by The Blues Foundation
Pairing Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater up with Los Straitjackets proves a strong measure for the guitarist who's always kept one foot planted in vintage rock 'n' roll territory. He's never strayed far from his blues or Chuck Berry leanings, and he's definitely enjoying himself here with a romping set of smoldering music. You're Humbuggin' Me, Ding Dong Daddy, and Let The Four Winds Blow get solid readings while Clearwater's originals are particularly high-spirited. He reprises his own Hillbilly Blues and sounds just as young as when he first recorded in 1958. The masked backup band does a stellar job backing Eddy up on a project that's been long-overdue for many of his fans. Although Eddy decided to shed a more straight-ahead blues approach for this set, it's a refreshing change from an artist who's been making records for 45 years. Special mention to Los Straitjackets' Eddie Angel for contributing his own Lonesome Town as well as excellent guitar throughout. Monkey Paw gets top honors as a manic surfabilly instrumental with as much fuel as anything Link Wray ever waxed. In closing, this project should convince Chuck Berry to finally sit down and leave the duckwalking and guitar wrangling to someone far more capable. That person is Eddy Clearwater. No more questions.
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