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Rob Roy Parnell - Let's Start Something

Let's Start Something

Rob Roy Parnell

Available from Rob Roy Parnell's web site.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker

Don't bother with the pit BBQ, Rob Roy Parnell's doing the cooking. A harp player with a burning sense of boogie inside Chi-Town blues, this guy attracted a rich backlog of Delbert McClinton's present and former backing bands, most especially James Pennebaker and his tasty-with-sauce guitar. Parnell has not only a Mose Allisony voice but often pens his lyrics in similar spirit—perhaps not with as much cheek but definitely down in the dirt and baling wire

There's a constant organic blues pulse throughout ths disc, much as Paul Butterfield had, and Kevin McKendree's keys go a long way to center the band, a few horns here, searing six-string riffs there, and then a harmonica solo to beat the band. This isn't music for sitting down to, for gazing into that cute little cowpokina's eyes, but rather a jive, a shuffle, and a hipshaking hustle with whiskey in the sidepocket.

Long Distance Lover has more than a little Skynyrd to it, but my faves are If Mama Ain't Happy and a great version of Percy Mayfield's Loose Lips, both of which contain a bit of the Texas crunch of Jim Suhler & Monkeybeat, some Jerry Lee, and a little backfield rhumba with sassy Jonel Mosser raving up the background vocals on Mama (and, hey, a lil' more of her in the future would be very nice indeed, maybe even a duet). No matter what, though, this is blues, this is swing, this is uptempo country, and this is rockin!

Track List:

  • I Know Better (Parnell / Cross)
  • Sorry as They Come (Rob Roy Parnell)
  • Long Distance Love (Parnell / Millsap)
  • If I Were You (Parnell / Millsap)
  • Come On, Lil' Baby (Rob Roy Parnell)
  • That's All She Wrote (Parnell / Bruton)
  • If Mama Ain't Happy (Parnell / Indian)
  • Rose Petals (Parnell / Cross)
  • Loose Lips (Percy Mayfield)
  • Texas Love Machine (Parnell / Millsap)
  • That's What the Blues is All About (Parnell / Brown)
  • Lollipop Mama (Roy Brown)

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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