Paul Black and the Flip Kings
King Dollar, House of Blues CD HOBme 7001087009-2, 1996
Black and blue, with style
This is some down and dirty New Orleans style blues, scraped right out of the
gutter, and I mean that as the highest compliment. Paul Black is a wickedly
nuanced slide guitarist, playing a mixture of traditional blues (three by
Robert Johnson), Stones covers ("The Last Time" and "Factory
Girl"), and bunch of originals. Armed with this introduction, I sat down
expecting a Stevie Ray Vaughn clone. Boy, was I wrong! Blacks got his own
set of moves, with a great bending slide movement, and the sets about
half electric, half acoustic. Blacks got a real funky feel, with a
genuinely scary voice that moves from a low gravely rumble to a broken yelp.
The Flip Kings, especially Andy Linderman on harp, provide just the right
slow-blues backing. The only two misses are the Stones covers, although
"Factory Girl" is interestingactually less bluesy than the
original, with a weird repeated percussive chomp driving through the entire
song. This is a very nicely recorded (if somewhat highly produced) attempt to
reproduce a live sound. The acoustic slide intros to several of the songs have
all kinds of fret squawks purposely left in, giving a particularly nasty sound.
Warning: playing this album before noon will confuse the brain, since
youll swear it was 2 a.m. in a swamp nightclub. Paul Black is the real
thingget this album while its still hot from the
fire. Bill Kuhn
Glenn Brooks says... Pretty good for a guy from Madison. It looks
like this album is out-of-print already, due to problems with the House of
Blues label. But itll returnits too good to stay long gone.
Paul Black, guitar and vocals; John Tubbs, bass, violin, backing vocals; Brian
"Chance" Howard, percussion, backing vocals, analog sampling; Andy
Linderman, harmonica, percussion, backing vocals.
Produced by David Rivkin.