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Al Wood & The Woodsmen - Mood Swingin' Blues

Mood Swingin' Blues

Al Wood & The Woodsmen

Available from Al Wood's web site.

A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic

Admittedly, it's impossibly difficult to bring something, anything new to the tried and tested blues field. No new technology or hip hop cut 'n' paste is going to sound like it belongs in the grooves naturally. The only new trend Hannah Montana will bring is in sales, none of which will affect the guys down in the trenches, or the ancient old guard who cut their teeth at the crossroads, still hoping the ink hasn't dried on the devil's pact. So instrumental virtuosity and a deep seated desire to get a Wii addicted, Survivor jaded people in the groove is the daunting challenge facing the new bluesman. None of us could possibly count or imagine those who try and fall by the wayside. So special mention must be made of those who continue to punch and swing along.

Fronted by the brandy voice, randy blue harmonica, and the lyrical sting of Al Wood's guitar, Mood Swingin' Blues rock-a-billy and chugging train rhythms pack more wallop and swinging late night mood swings in these thirteen all original, cliché-free tracks than most blues ensembles will conjure in a career. Spirited arrangements (Late Night Stroll, Blame Shiftin' Blues, Highway 17, Parting Glass) humor (Firefly and Treena Ballerina), and the aforementioned instrumental virtuosity of Wood; a trust worthy rhythm section of bassists Lindsay Pugh, Chris Breitner, and drummer Matt Sobb; the bold swell of organist/piano man Steve Marriner; and the backing vocals of rising singer/songwriter Lynne Hanson, make Mood Swingin' Blues that rare blues disc that both devotees and newbies can listen to, and most appreciably, swing to.

Track List:

  • Late Night Stroll
  • Firefly
  • Highway 17
  • Parting Glass
  • Diggin' Down Deep
  • Treena Ballerina
  • The Pasture
  • Feeble-Minded Woman
  • Blame Shiftin' Blues
  • Passenger Freight Train
  • Rollin' (Fade Away)
  • (Enter) Jazz Thief (Exit) You
  • Shake
Produced by Al Wood and Jason Jaknunas

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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