I've had this disc spinning over and over again. The grit-in-yer-teeth aftertaste with this Blues romp leaves you pleading for more. I'm collecting everything out there with Dan Allaire's drumming -- which includes this one, a Brian Jonestown record and a Soledad Brothers record. I find a great drummer can always lead you to a great scene.
Thanks to Dan, I caught Pearlene at Northside Tavern the other week. Their lineup and sound only seems to get better.
· Wynonie Harris -- Lovin' Machine
Ever since I picked up the King Records R&B box set, I've been itching for more Wynonie. Wynonie just explodes with Rock, Blues and sex. He'll do you and do you, again and again. And once you are done, you can't listen to Robert Plant and Elvis Presley without knowing Wynonie went there already.
· Marvin (to-be-released)
My favorite kind of R&B -- bravado in a Funk and a Hip Hop beat. Once this stuff is for sale, Marvin Hawkins will represent Cincinnati like no one has in quite a while. He writes and sings with the punch of the Cincinnati streets like no one else right now. It's about time for another artist to show the rest of the world how we really do it.
· Shesus -- Ruined It For You
Very raw, very strong, very true. This EP is simply fantastic. Great production -- live, crisp and soulful. Heather Newkirk's vocals are fresh, indeed.
· The Platters -- The Complete Federal Recordings
The Platters are one of the great vocal groups of all time. This collection presents a great earlier period of their career when they were signed onto Syd Nathan's Federal label. My 1-year-old daughter, Josephine, is in love with their take on "Only You." It must be that added touch of the whistling that brings Josie from a fuss to a calm. My favorite track at the moment is "Maggie Doesn't Work Here Anymore," and I wonder if Dylan had this tune in mind when he declared he wasn't going to work on Maggie's farm anymore. I hear it.
ELLIOTT RUTHER's Web site is at elliottruther.com.