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'Cornbread'Dean HallDean Hall and The Loose Eels – Shed My Skin
{1994 | Python Records}

Shed My Skin is the debut album featuring nine songs from the Kentucky guitar slingin’, hard rocking, bluesman Dean Hall. His second CD “The Ghost of James Bell” (1997) features my favorite track - My Baby’s a Pig. I like the bluesy feel of Shed over the harder rock intensity of Ghost.

I saw Dean at the ZZ Top concert 7/27/05 – he’s a big dude, kinda looks like Mr. Clean – he can sing, write and plays a mean guitar. At the time of ZZ concert Dean was playing guitar and touring with Gretchen Wilson on Kenny Chesney’s Somewhere in the Sun tour.

The Loose Eels are: With special guests:
Dean Hall – guitar & vocals Ron Gannaway & Milton Sledge – drums
Peter Newland – harmonica Dow Tomlin, Willie Weeks & Warren Gower – bass
Boyd Lefan – bass Jim Piekarski – Hammond B-3
Gene Weatherbee – drums Jeff King - slide

The Songs:
1. My Milkman Was Freddie King – searing guitar.

2. I Know Something ‘Bout The Blues – Dean is a bit of a Stevie Ray / Kentucky Headhunter combo and mighty powerful in his delivery.

3. I’m The Reason (That She Walks That Way) – great harmonica with a great beat and soulful southern rock-like vocals.

4. You Can Never Take Me Home – fantastic funky bass groove.

5. Dancin’ Shoes – a traditional bluesy shuffle with perfectly placed harmonica and guitar snippets.

6. Mr. Fun – fast, loud, hard rockin’ blues.

7. Fat Bottom Girl – a blues gumbo of Texas and Chicago styles with lots of mojo.

8. Moonshiners’ Daughter – electric blues with a taste of slide and consistent bass line.

9. If You Play Another Country Song (I’m Gonna Have To Kick Your Ass!) – a catchy country parody. The inspiration for this song came when Dean was in a fairly empty bar, he put a quarter in the jukebox and played a Zeppelin song. The other dude in the bar then put in 40 quarters and played the same country over and over and over.

I liked this CD a lot. Learn more about Dean visit him at www.deanhall.com.

Ciao’ for now, peace.

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