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Go Back Home To The Blues

The Knickerbocker All-Stars

CD Baby 2015

Review by David Bowling

Go Back Home To The Blues by The Knickerbocker All-Stars is a group of mostly local musicians getting together and having a good time while producing some excellent music.

The Knickerbocker Café is the type of club that used to inhabit every town USA but most closed as the years passed but a few hardy ones survived. Located in Westerly, Rhode Island, it was built shortly after Prohibition ended and has been the home for thousands of musicians and performances since.

During the late 1960’s and 1970’s, bands such as Roomful Of Blues, The Duke Robillard Band, and Sugar Ray And The Blue Tones made the club their home. Now members and former members have united for a second album of energetic blues.

The basic band consists of drummer Mark Teixeira, bassist Brad Hallen, pianist Al Copley, guitarist Mike Welch, sax players Doug James, Gordon Beadle, and Rich Lataille, and trumpet player Don Chanonhouse. Add in cornet player Al Basile on one track, trumpeter Carl Querfurth on a couple more, and vocalists Ray Nordia, Brian Templeton, and Willie Laws sharing the lead and you have the makings of a band that would be the highlight of any club.

The songs are taken from past set lists. Tunes by Bobby Bland, Freddie King, Guitar Slim, Cleanhead Vinson, and three originals by Basille inhabit the album.

It is the blues at its modern best. “Take It Like A Man,” “Blockbuster Boogie,” “Cadillac Baby,” “You Know That You Love Me,” and “I Tried” are energetics blasts that bring the blues into the 21st century.

Go Back Home To The Blues is a fun album by musicians who have a lot in common and like each other. It proves that every once in a while you can indeed go home.

Rating: ***1/2

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