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Young American Double Action Revolver

Young American Double Action Revolver

CD Baby 2015

Review by David Bowling

 

Young American Double Action Revolver proves that the blues are alive and well. Picking up and expanding on the legacy of Howlin’ Wolf. R L Burnside, and Junior Kimbrough, they fuse basic blues rhythms with some rock sounds.

Vocalist John Libbett, guitarist Harm Onica, drummer Brian Mickey, and bassist Mark Mickey have a simple and basic approach. The music is recorded live, which gives it an authentic feel, similar to what is found in smoky blues bars across our country.

“M. Lucky Day” is very representative of their style as it a gritty two-note blues piece about risk and survival. “Barstool Blues” and “Don’t Be Down” are modernized versions of the Delta blues. “What A Night” is a slide guitarist’s delight.

The self-titled debut album by Young American Double Action Revolver is a creative return to the blues of the past. It may not change the course of American Blues but it makes the ride a little more enjoyable.

Rating: ***

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