|B.B. & The Blues Shacks: "Live At Vier Linden" (Germany 2006)|
|CROSSCUT RECORDS /
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LIVE AT VIER LINDEN (2006)
tracks, 61 minutes - recommended. Whether you label them as a retro blues
outfit, a jump blues band, or a modern R&B quintet from Germany hopelessly
stuck in a timewarp, B.B. & The Blues Shacks command attention, and
as much as individual talent is across the board, it's the sum of all
parts that makes them one of the finest aggregations playing vintage blues
today. Andreas Arlt's guitar oozes brilliance on the opener Hot Shot Bop
and brother Michael Arlt's harp playing is soaked in the swamps of Louisiana
for She's Got Her Eyes On Me as much as the toughness of southside Chicago
for Ain't A Home No More, and as a singer, he's convincing with a powerful
voice. The piano of Dennis Koeckstadt, the upright bass from Henning Hauerken,
and Andreas Bock's drumming push the rhythms tirelessly from start to
finish no matter if it's a blistering swing number like Stompin' And Rollin'
that blends ever-so-smoothly into the sweltering slow blues of Good Night's
Sleep with more of Andreas Arlt's smoldering guitar. Recorded 'live' in
front of an enthusiastic hometown crowd, these guys are all business.
Superb and tight."