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'Cornbread'By Cornbread

Cream – Royal Albert Hall, LondonSteven Seagal & Thunderbox – Mojo Priest
{2006 | Steamroller Productions}

Hey Cornbread, Steven Seagal... that pony tailed - ass kicking, master of Aikido, martial arts actor that’s been in a bunch of movies like “Above The Law”, that Steven Seagal? Yep, that Steven Seagal has answered the bluesman calling and is joined by blues icons Bo Diddley, Hubert Sumlin, Bob Margolin, Big George Brock, Ruth Brown, James Cotton and Willie “Pinetop” Perkins on Mojo Priest.

Seagal sings, plays guitar (rhythm & lead), he also takes a hand at the drums on tracks 12 and 13. Fourteen tracks listed, some covers that have been covered, and covered, and covered too many times like; Hoochie Koochie Man, Dust My Broom and Red Rooster. As a treat there are three additional tracks that aren’t listed and feature Robert Lockwood, Jr., Homesick James and St. Louis’ own beloved Henry Townsend.

1. Somewhere In Between
2. Love Doctor – duet with Ruth Brown
3. Dark Angel
4. Gunfire In A Juke Joint
5. My Time Is Numbered
6. Alligator Ass
7. BBQ
8. Hoochie Koochie Man – joined by Sumlin, Pinetop, Cotton and Margolin, all four alumni of Muddy Waters band.
9. Talk To My Ass
10. Dust My Broom – Big George on harp
11. Slow Boat To China – another duet with the late Ruth Brown.
12. She Dat Pretty
13. Red Rooster
14. Shake – with Bo
15, 16 & 17 are acoustic songs featuring legendary bluesmen Lockwood, Townsend and James.

The talent is abounding here with lots of very special guests. Unfortunately, at the time of this review and since this was released earlier this year we’ve lost Ruth Brown, Robert Lockwood, Jr. and Henry Townsend.

I thought this CD was a bit on the over-produced side with no signs of dirt or grit, that being said I found this CD to be extremely enjoyable with plenty of mojo. Seagal’s vocals are good, his guitar licks are great. Be it a novice to the blues genre or someone that really gets into the sweet sounds of Chicago blues like yours truly, I think you’ll find this CD pleasing to the palate. My suggestion, turn it on at the end of the day, grab a glass of your favorite adult beverage, for me I’m both enjoying this CD and drinking a glass of chilled Riesling – the combination is perfect, I can’t help from getting sucked into the blues as I forget my own blues as I listen, drink and look outside the window to the light of the silvery moon – all good. Get past tracks 1 – 14 and you’ve got a buried treasure of real delta, acoustic blues.

Love and peace til next time.
Peter 'Cornbread' Cohen, CBP
~ Cornbread@STLBlues.net ~

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