Arts, Entertainment, Living
We've got another new CD to talk about today, someone regional enough that you may have actually heard of him.
The band is Big Joe and the Dynaflows out of Maryland with a swinging, jump-blues sound. The CD - released this week - is "You Can't Keep a Big Man Down" (Severn Records).
And Big Joe Maher himself is a veteran drummer/vocalist who lays down a heavy groove behind his easy-rolling vocals. It's a cool little jump-blues sound, with guitar and bass, plus piano or organ, plus sax -- all the right ingredients.
Big Joe carries everything along with his big rich vocals, from original songs like the rollicking title track to the countryish "Evangeline," and then from Jay McShann's classic "Confessin' the Blues" to Jimmy McCracklin's sax-laced "I'm To Blame," some good, old-fashioned R&B.
These guys do whatever the music demands - rock, jump, swing or even moan the blues, as on Johnny Green's plaintive "Someday."
And the band members are worth special mention: Rob McNeeley on guitar and Bill Campbell on bass keep thinkgs flowing, plus the keyboard work of Kevin McKendree and saxes by Dennis Taylor add an extra dimension that moves the music beyond the ordinary. McKendree and Taylor, by the way, were the subject of a review last week in which they combined for a a stellar album featuring the late Taylor on sax, titled "Steppin' Up."
Ask your local blues bar to bring Big Joe to town. If not, check out this CD.
Here's a video of Big Joe: