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All The Right Moves

Little Mike And The Tornadoes

Elrob Records 2014

Review by David Bowling

During the mid to late 1980s, Little Mike And The Tornadoes were an exciting and relevant blues band. They toured with such luminaries as Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton, Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Rogers, and Louis Meyers. Time passes but all of a sudden they released an album last year. While Forgive Me contained some very good music, it was recorded 11 years ago. All was not lost, however, as that album set the stage for a grand reunion.

Harpist Little Mike has now reunited with original band members Brad Vickers (bass), Rob Piazza (drums), and Tony O Melio (Guitar). The new guy on the block is veteran blues pianist Jim McKaba, who fits the band like a glove. They entered a recording studio together and the result is All The Right Moves, which is a very appropriate title.

Their brand of energetic rock remains intact and attacks the listener in waves. “I Got Drunk Last Night,” “Since My Mother’s Been Ill,” “A Little On The Side,” “The Blues Is Killing Me,” and “Stuck Out On The Highway” fuses gritty blues traditions with a modern day electric blues approach.

Little Mike And The Tornadoes are back in circulation and the blues is better for it.

Rating: ***1/2