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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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 10 tracks, 34 minutes.
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