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No B!

Jane Lee Hooker!

Ruf records 2016

Review by David Bowing

If you have a named your band Jane Lee Hooker, you better be able to play the blues, which brings us to five women from New York who have just issued their debut album No B!

Dana ‘Danger’ Athens (vocals), Melissa ‘Cool Whip’ Houston (drums), High Top (guitar), Tina ‘T Bone’ Gorin (guitar), and Hail Mary Z (bass) are a no nonsense (nick names aside) modern day, electric blues/rock band.

Their sound is gritty and their approach is go into the studio and just play. The album is a culmination of playing in clubs and bars for the last three years, honing their skills as a unit, and their sound reflects their time together.

Their song list is 10 covers and one original. Oddly the original song, “In The Valley,” moves more in a rock direction, while their covers of such blues classics as “Mannish Boy,” “Bumble Bee,” and “Shake For Me” are raw expressions of modern day blues.

Jane Lee Hooker and No B are not for the faint of heart. Their approach has little polish but in some ways it is a reflection of what the blues are all about.

Rating: ***

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