REVIEW BY MICK RAINSFORD, BLUES & RHYTHM MAGAZINE
Big T, after 20 years seasoning with the likes of Dave 'Pecan' Orchard, Little Jeno Tucker and Big Jack Johnson, has teamed up with sons Terrell and Black Jack to form the Family Band and set out on his own. "
Hellhound ..." opens with the title track, an intense and deep blues, that remains in the Big Jack mould, fired by Terrell Williams's pulsing bass lines and Black Jack Williams powerhouse drumming. "Mississippi June Bug" is a propulsive, pounding, North Mississippi hill country styled blues, with elements of "Wang Wang Doodle" and "I'm A Man", Big "T" laying down some rocking piano and Wolf inspired howls, the Wolf influence again evident on the driving "Ole Big T" with it's strident guitar. Willie Cobb's "You Don't Love Me" is given a tough and uncompromising hill country treatment; "I'm Looking For A Crossroads" melds Big Jack and Muddy on a feral "Hoochie Coochie" styled riff, with lashings of vintage Buddy Guy influence guitar; whilst Albert King's "I'll Play The Blues For You" is given a relentlessly intense workout, Big "T" lacing his guitar with dashes of Santana, whose influence again permeates the haunting riffs and pulsing bass lines of "Ghetto".
This set is rounded out with an eponymous, soulful tribute to Little Jeno, and "Waiting In Vain", a slice of southern soul performed juke joint style.
Recommended? What do you think?
(Available from www.standontheocean.com, and, possibly, Redlick)
Rating 9 / 9
Check out the artist's website:
1. Hellhound in My Shadow
2. Mississippi June Bug
3. Little Jeno
5. Ole Big T
6. You Don't Love Me
7. Waiting in Vain
8. I'll Play the Blues For You
9. I'm Looking For a Crossroads
10. It's Still Called the Blues
11. Catfish Blues (live)
12. Black Night (live)