"Keeping the Blues Alive Award" Achievement for Blues on the Internet Presented by The Blues Foundation
The Midwest has plenty of guitar players scattered around and Paul Filipowicz could be the most forceful. This self-produced effort contains more guitar pyrotechnics than the law might allow in some states. There's no need for a reserve tank with this guy in the driver's seat, he spills out furious blasts of notes from his Stratocaster and provides the necessary biker-approach vocals on Switchyard and Lookin' Back, then for the instrumental title cut, the slow grind stops midway and refreshes itself with a bit more of a bounce. Devil Boogie is a rippling shuffle that mines a groove close to Help Me but is infused with crunching riffs, and for Howlin' Wolf's Tail Dragger, instead of settling on a pace for the length of the track, the proceedings move from a crawl to rocked-out heroics, never seeming to get off the runway. Gamblin' Woman rides close to SRV territory, but Slim Harpo's Raining In My Heart will never be mistaken for the peaceful original; Filipowicz pulls out the slide for a crash-and-burn approach into the side of an unsuspecting building. Junk In The Trunk is two minutes of Burger King wrappers, empty cigarette packs, and beer bottles strewn together, then Most Dogs settles into a slow guitar workout with a slight touch of Magic Sam just for identity. The closer, Squad Car Boogie will have the blues police in hot pursuit. There's not hint of restraint here, so if you like your blues straight-ahead and traditional, steer away from Midnight at the Nairobi Room and head for another roadhouse. Email: email@example.com. 10 tracks, 34 minutes.
Your purchase through this Amazon.com link helps to support this website.
Simply click on the cover at left or the buy button to order this CD NOW!
Copyright reuse notice: If you would like to reprint or use this review please include the above copyright notice, contained within the quotation marks, PLUS this statement: "Used with permission." Then send an email to Ray at: firstname.lastname@example.org indicating how you are using the review or the website page address it will be appearing on. Thanks!
You can help support this blues website by making a contribution (click on the banner below for details).
Or mail a donation to: Ray Stiles % Blues On Stage, PO Box 582983, Mpls, MN 55458. Thanks!
Web Hosting & Design: Web Hosting & Design.
Most affordable web hosting and design services available.
Find out how you can host your current site at Blues On Stage, or how I can help you design your own website!
If you would like your CD reviewed, please send TWO (2) copies, along with promotional material to:
Blues On Stage
PO Box 582983
Minneapolis, MN 55458-2983