Sunday, August 21, 2016

CD Review: Bobby Rush Still Delivers His Swagger On "Porcupine Meat"

At 82 years old, Bobby Rush will be releasing his 26th studio album titled "Porcupine Meat" on September 16 through Rounder Records. It's his first release on his new record label and features a load of special guests. He continues to perform live, playing almost 200 shows a year and has received a load of accolades, including winning three Grammys and being inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

His new twelve song release begins with funky blues riff of "Don't Want Nobody Hanging Around" and seventies R&B style of "Porcupine Meat" featuring guest guitarist Vasti Jackson. He slows the tempo down for the seven-minute, storied blues of "Got Me Accused," before inviting guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa to help out on the smooth grooves of "Me, Myself And I." He brings in the flavor of New Orleans (where the album was recorded) to "Catfish Stew" and gets energized by the excellent guitar work of Dave Alvin on "It's Your Move" and Keb' Mo on "Nighttime Gardener." The album closes with the funk-fueled "Standing On Shaky Ground" and the raw, backwater blues of "I'm Tired."

Bobby Rush has over a dozen shows on his tour schedule, including a number of blues festivals. For a complete list of his live dates and to find out more about his new album "Porcupine Meat," please visit bobbyrushbluesman.com.

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