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Right from the opening notes of the title track, there is no doubt that this is going to be a fine Southern rock styled set, with plenty of blues influence, and Jim’s own droning cigar box guitar establishing a low-down dirty mood. Then Mike Finnigan’s Hammond organ comes in and everything moves up another notch. Though Jim is based in Los Angeles, he has been around since the 1970s and this outfit was previously known as The Jack Roberts Harvey Band.. He has a straightforward singing voice, and that is not a criticism, just listen to how effective he can be on ‘Tupelo Fool’. ‘Dog Done Bit My Baby’ is one of those numbers that could only come out of the south, ‘Bayou Beau’ is perhaps the most overt rock track here, with its searing and slightly ethereal slide guitar prominent, and it contrasts well with the slightly Eric Clapton-esque ‘May All Your Regrets Be Small’ (that’s Clapton’s mellow side, of course), led by the accordion playing of multi-instrumentalist guest Nathan Rivera. ‘Gold Train Fever’ and ‘Red Lips And High Heels’ are both rockers, with Finnigan again swelling out the sound. ‘Southern Hospitality’ is a tribute to Jim’s own southern roots and the final two numbers both reference the Mississippi blues, with the closing ‘The Hell Hound’s Due’ also benefitting from the blues harp playing of Felix Flanagan.
A very enjoyable set, this, plenty of original southern rock and blues, very well played and sung, and pretty atmospheric throughout. Recommended.
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