One of our favorite bands from north of the border, Canada's The Blue Voodoo, are back with a solid slab of irresistible party blues with the release of "Back To The Shack." It's a cool amalgam of blues, roots-rock, and a little bit o'soul in the mix. These guys have a unique sound forged from playing together for quite some time, and writing all their own material. They consist of Ted Tosoff on guitar and vocals, brother Bryon on keys, Rick Dalgarno on slide, dobro, and vocals, Kelly Stodola on drums, Gerry Berg on bass, Dave Hoerl on harp, and horns courtesy of Paul Wainwright.
Check out the rockabilly-ish tale we can all relate to, those "Monday Morning Blues." "Suitcase Blues" is a lowdown slice of life concerning a lover who's leaving, with a really cool slide break and a vocal reminiscent of vintage Johnny Winter. "Somewhere Else Instead" is driven by the funky horn section, giving it an old-school Stax feel. We had two favorites, too. More great slide work and solid harp drives the story of a man who's been away from the comforts of home just a wee bit too long in "Mojo Lovin' Man." And, there's a "Black Moon Over Mississippi," and anyone caught "at the crossroads" can choose to "live in the sunshine" or make the same deal that Robert Johnson made....Signature tight harmonies, great instrumentation, and clever original tunes are the trademarks of The Blue Voodoo. Fans, "Back To The Shack" is guaranteed to satisfy your "blues Jones!!" Until next time....
-Sheryl and Don Crow