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The Nighthawks: All You Gotta Do (CD)

(2017Eller Soul) 12 tracks - Digisleeve - The latest recording from The Nighthawks, All You Gotta Do, is about as close to perfection as you would want from a blues and American roots band. Of course those terms and descriptions, blues rock, soul blues, roots rock, roots music, Americana, hadn t even been coined yet when this band started mixing it all up. And created their own magic gumbo of rock and roll. Inspired and encouraged by their hero s and mentors, that created the genres, they learned the language and feel of this great music.

 And that s what makes the difference. Founding member Mark Wenner has always had a sound he was after. From the deep blues of Muddy Waters, early rock & roll of Elvis and Buddy with some great four part harmonies was the formula. He has the band now that can do just that and more. - The new disc opens with Mark Wenner's rocking version of Brenda Lee's title track, the kind of pop rockabilly that was in full swing at the end of the '50s. Mark Stutso proceeds to give a moving interpretation of Levon Helm's personal farewell, "When I Go Away." Wenner follows with the always mandatory Muddy Waters song, with no attempt to be anything other than the Chicago Blues.

Article properties: The Nighthawks: All You Gotta Do (CD)

  • Interpret: The Nighthawks

  • Album titlle: All You Gotta Do (CD)

  • Genre Blues

  • Year of publication 2017
  • Artikelart CD

  • Price code Y06
  • Label EllerSoul Records

  • EAN: 0700261455549

  • weight in Kg 0.12
Nighthawks, The - All You Gotta Do (CD) CD 1
01 That's All You Gotta Do The Nighthawks
02 When I Go Away The Nighthawks
03 Baby, I Want To Be Loved The Nighthawks
04 Let's Burn Down The Cornfield The Nighthawks
05 Another Day The Nighthawks
06 VooDoo Doll The Nighthawks
07 Ninety Nine The Nighthawks
08 Three Times Your Fool The Nighthawks
09 Isn't That So The Nighthawks
10 Snake Drive The Nighthawks
11 Blues For Brother John The Nighthawks
12 Dirty Water The Nighthawks
The Nighthawks (Robert Nighthawk) Until his disciple Earl Hooker came to prominence, it's... more
"The Nighthawks"

The Nighthawks (Robert Nighthawk)

Until his disciple Earl Hooker came to prominence, it's unlikely any blues slide guitarist developed a cleaner, lighter, more melodic touch than Robert Nighthawk. He started out recording in the pre-war era as Robert Lee McCoy, but that wasn't his real name either. He was born Robert Lee McCollum (or McCullum) in Helena, Arkansas on November 30, 1909.

Robert got started playing guitar late, at approximately 21. His first instrument was harmonica before his cousin, Houston Stackhouse, tutored him on guitar. But he was a fast learner. Bluebird signed him in 1937; he made his recording debut in Aurora, Illinois, on the same May day as Sonny Boy Williamson. By then, he'd changed his handle to McCoy after fleeing the south following a murky shooting incident that compelled him to take up residence in St. Louis.

One of McCoy's songs that day was called Prowling Night-Hawk, the inspiration for his most enduring alias. There were a couple more Bluebird dates and a 1940 Decca session as Peetie's Boy before the war upended recording activities. Nomadic Robert ended up back in Helena for a time, broadcasting his pungent blues over KFFA for Bright Star Flour in direct competition with the second Sonny Boy Williamson's 'King Biscuit Time' program.

Muddy Waters recommended his old friend Robert, who had by this time gone electric, to Leonard Chess. Nighthawk cut for him in late 1948 and again on July 12, 1949, when the day's itinerary included the chilling Black Angel Blues, pianist Ernest Lane and bassist Willie Dixon providing splendidly sparse accompaniment. The song harked back to 1930 and rough-edged classic blues singer Lucille Bogan (though Nighthawk was probably more familiar with fellow slide master Tampa Red’s 1934 version), and in 1956 B.B. King would score a solid R&B hit with it as Sweet Little Angel. Aristocrat—the label Leonard Chess was associated with prior to his own self-named firm—issued it as by The Nighthawks. The other side, Annie Lee Blues, made a chart dent—Robert's only fleeting moment in the national spotlight.

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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Tracklist
Nighthawks, The - All You Gotta Do (CD) CD 1
01 That's All You Gotta Do
02 When I Go Away
03 Baby, I Want To Be Loved
04 Let's Burn Down The Cornfield
05 Another Day
06 VooDoo Doll
07 Ninety Nine
08 Three Times Your Fool
09 Isn't That So
10 Snake Drive
11 Blues For Brother John
12 Dirty Water