The Hoodoo Hounds - S/T (Independent)
From Clemson, South Carolina, The Hoodoo Hounds first got together in 2005, recorded a couple of demo discs, but this self titled collection is their first bona fide album release. Fronted by Walt "Hoodoo Harry" Ligon, they utilize both the sound and the style of The Blues Brothers, updating the sound a little, though obviously drawing on many of the same influences. Ligon possesses a fine blues voice that will surely draw comparison to Howlin Wolf, Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart) and even Tom Waits. It’s the sort of growl that gets you reaching for your pint mug in case the floor starts moving. He shares the vocals with Matt Huddleston, and the contrast between their two styles adds considerable light and shade to the proceedings.
The record begins with “Crossroad Blues”, a killer riff accommodates a succession of blues motifs, from black cat bones to mojos and, of course, a midnight meeting at the dreaded crossroads. It sounds clichéd and it is, but the band lay down such a groove, it’s nigh on impossible not to be swept along by their enthusiasm. I think my favourite is “Millennium Blues” where Ligon drawls, rasps and shouts over gurgling keys and a finely picked guitar, though the rest of the band are hardly shrinking violets, and whenever they hit their stride, a smile is never far away from the listener’s lips. www.hoodoohounds.com www.facebook.com/hoodoohounds Rob F. http://leicesterbangs.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/review-hoodoo-hounds-st.html
The blues are a most enigmatic style of music. For the most part, the blues consists of a few simple progressions, in a few well-used keys, with a few often-played minor licks and lyrics with a few well trodden themes. There is nothing new in the blues - it is really the same song played again and again. Then why do we love it so much? What makes the blues so soul-warming is the way it is played. The feeling, the personal touch, the honesty of the moment that makes blues so wonderful to hear. Not that other styles of music don't have that, but with the blues this is the thing that makes a performance resonate with those that hear it. And those who play it, for that matter. And it is for this reason that blues songs have traditionally be shared, modified, re-worked, sped up, slowed down, and otherwise allowed to evolve as each musician works his own touch into each song. Blues is about feeling and every time it is played it is different.