BIG HEAD BLUES CLUB: 100 YEARS OF ROBERT JOHNSON
I guess musicians named "Todd" have a proclivity for Robert Johnson tribute albums. After Todd Rundgren dropped "Todd Rundgren's Johnson" last year (see my post last month), Todd Park Mohr (of Big Head Todd And The Monsters fame) brings us a new band, The Big Head Blues Club, with their debut CD, 100 Years Of Robert Johnson.
This is the kind of record that rock bands with an ear for their blues roots have always wanted to make. What's not to like? Five days recording in Memphis at the famous Ardent Studios with some of the bands biggest musical heroes playing legendary roots material as a tribute to the late Robert Johnson to celebrate his centennial. Produced by Grammy winning producer Chris Goldsmith, and featuring guest musicians such as BB King, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, and Charlie Musselwhite, all the ingredients are here for a winner..
This is a less rocking than the Rundgren album, but that did not stop me from spinning it several times on release day. Mohr captures the spirit and sound of Robert Johnson with a modern spin. Ten Robert Johnson songs on the cd, some acoustic, others electric, but all fantastic renditions and toe tapping blues for sure.
My first thought on seeing this on the release sheet was, "does the world need another album of Johnson covers (this is my fourth)? Since I've documented my prefence AGAINST covers albums so many times on my various blogs, I won't repeat myself here. This is however, an excellent recording, well produced with tight musicianship, really capturing the delta blues soul. The guest musicians were well chosen Mohr and his band are tight, and this is one heckuva good blues album.
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