Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


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"ROLL OF THE DICE" Fabulous Thunderbirds (Private Music) "HANDFUL OF BLUES" Robben Ford and the Blue Line (Stretch/Blue Thumb)

Prolific producer-guitarist Danny Kortchmar was at the production helm for both of these works, even co-writing many of the T-Bird tracks and playing rhythm on all of them. But the T-Birds are still vocalist Kim Wilson's band - in fact, he's the only original member left.

The basic Thunderbird style of sassy honky-tonk blues rock is intact on most of the cuts here, and it's all iced with Wilson's deft harmonica work. There's no guitar flash, just a solid, dependable swing. That, along with Fran Christina's sexy backbeat, provides a rockin'-good framework for Wilson's passionate vocals in "How Do I Get You Back" and the title song.

What's new? Soul-drenched cuts such as"Memory from Hell" that cast Wilson as a balladeer. Another, "I Don't Want To Be the One," sweetly crosses soul and country influences.

Singer-guitarist Ford's latest is a fine work of creative, jazz-influenced contemporary blues that brings to mind the playing of the late Danny Gatton. Ford is indeed that good.

Most of the songs are originals that can stand up to his cover treatments of "Don't Let Me be Misunderstood" and Willie Dixon's blues classic "I Just Want to Make Love to You." Kortchmar plays almost all over this record, too, which only makes it that much better.

Dana Jackson, Knight-Ridder Newspapers "LONESOME AS IT GETS" Lonesome Standard Time (Sugar Hill)

These guys definitely live up to their name on this crisply played, achingly blue blend of traditional and contemporary bluegrass sounds.

Guitarist/vocalist Larry Cordle, who wrote Ricky Skaggs' "Highway 40 Blues," has come up with a batch of strong tracks here. The best is the magnificent title cut, a dark, harmony-filled ballad featuring Glen Duncan's straight-to-the heart fiddle.

Throughout the album, there's a fluid mix of banjo, fiddle, guitars and mandolin, enlivening songs like the yearning "Anything Southbound" and John Prine's "Grandpa Was a Carpenter."

Kevin O'Hare, Newhouse News Service "ERASURE" Erasure (Elektra)

Three years after Erasure's greatest hits album ("Pop"), this unabashedly camp British duo resurfaces with the promise of evolution (this latest is co-produced by Thomas Fehlman of the ever-futuristic Orb). No such luck. Same old happy-go-Casio schlock here, with lyrics so syrupy you might gain weight. Erasure seems to be having fun reliving the '80s - even if the rest of us would rather not go there.

Dennis Romero, Los Angeles Times "YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES" Kevin Mahogany (Enja)

On singer Kevin Mahogany's third Enja recording, the tunes are standard, the versions reverential, and it all makes for an upscale soiree. …

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