“You don’t have to be a radical and remove your guitar’s low string to play in open G, the way that Richards does. However plenty of players have followed his path to good result. One example is Jim Chilson of Boston’s Ten Foot Polecats, whose five-string open G finger-picking style is just one reason that band is rising up from the blues underground.”
“a sound born of blood, sweat, heart, soul and guts; a sound, in the simplest of terms, that is a combination of dirty rock’n’roll and aggressive blues. Now, I’m not talking neo-blues here, or pseudo-blues, which tends to pass for real blues in some circles these days for lack of anything better, but rather a sound influenced by traditional North Mississippi Hill Country blues…thereby inserting Ten Foot Polecats into what I refer to as the last of today’s living bluesmen, such as T-Model Ford, Possessed by Paul James, C.W. Stoneking, Bob Log III, Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir, and Left Lane Cruiser, to name a few.”
“TFPC brings new life to three-piece blues. This ain't no toothless panama hat blues. Ten Foot Polecats bring the vibe, the groove, the mystery, and the balls that blues music must have to carry on to the coming generations. Another fine and powerful recording by one of the best blues bands out there. Hail. ”
"high-octane punk-inspired driving blues music.....The Ten Foot Polecats are the wickedly pure stuff in the bottle with X’s on the front that your uncle keeps out in the woodshed that is able to bust through. Even to the most reserved music listener, when The Ten Foot Polecats start to screeching, your legs start twitching worse than a dog that’s got to piss like a Russian racehorse. This is raw, infectious, booty shaking, head banging shit that makes you boogie like a meth head on the business end of a stun gun."
“Ten Foot Polecats keep it greasy with their roots in North Mississippi Hill Country bending punk blues into musical form. The three pieces create a tribal ripple early on with “Chicken Headed Man” and pound heart on a sleeve into submission with “So Good to Me”. Big beats hint at big wins with “Scratch Ticket” but it’s those late night confessions (“I’m Going Crazy”, “Bar Hoppin’”, “Tears on My Windshield”) where these guys step up and lay it out.”
“The hypnotic beat laid down throughout the album draws the listener into a musical world of heavy guitar licks, whiskey soaked original lyrics, and music that gets the dance floor jumping. It's overall a good album that intersperses exciting instrumentals with some great original material! Fans of jumping, stomping, rocking hill country blues will enjoy this album.”
“The Ten Foot Polecats have found their own sound and they do it very well. It shows off just how strong a groove Jim Chilson on guitar and Dave Darling on drums can create, and the absence of a bass isn’t a factor. These two musicians are locked together in these inspired arrangements and both play superbly throughout the album. For me, half the fun of listening to this album is the interaction between guitar and drums. Without bass, the sound is naked and primitive, but so full of clarity and energy.”
“Goddamn! The Ten Foot Polecats are the logical heirs to the Fat Possum legacy, a trio of white boys from Boston, trapped in the body of a couple hundred years of Mississippi groove and holler. Damn. It's easily one of our best records of the year.”
“The trio, who have no bass player, have developed a powerful raw blues sound with an energy and aggression to it which has helped to draw in younger audiences.”
“The magic behind the success of Ten Foot Polecats is that they create a lot of music with only three players, and they know how to construct tunes that have a lot going on within a simple framework. Giving a blues fan a lot to sink his teeth into is a winning idea. Ten Foot Polecats are going to be around for a long time. After taking the Boston blues scene by storm, the trio have toured successfully around the country. One listen to “I Get Blamed For Everything I Do” and you’ll know there is no stopping these boys.”
“There ain’t a lotta scrappy-ass electric juke-joint blues comin’ outta Allston, but this dirty trio’s first full-length album makes it seems that the Charles River is a direct tributary of the Mississippi as The Ten Foot Polecats add muscle, blood, and heart to a genre in need of all three.”
"I Get Blamed For Everything I Do" was a pleasant surprise - a surprise in that we didn't know what to expect. Its just not hard-drivin' blues where the songs are indistinguishable. There's plenty of diversity between tracks.
“Dirty blues is a sound that mixes the heavy foot of punk, a light dose of rockabilly and a solid North Mississippi Hill Country foundation, and feels like the modern day evolution of stripped-down barroom blues. The band Ten Foot Polecats has mastered that sound.”
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"....then there are other times when a seasoned blues band, in spite of the audience geared for contemporary music, has the ability to convert an audience from curious listeners to a sweaty dancing throng. July 12 at The Georgetown Grille was one of those special nights in live music...."
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