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Jim Liban and Steve Cohen - Hot AirJim Liban and Steve Cohen - Hot Air

When I first moved to the Milwaukee area, I was desperate to hear some good blues. When my fiancé first took me to see Jim Liban and his blues band I was completely blown away. Jim has been around for over three decades playing blues and blowing harp. In addition to the harmonica, Jim can play a mean guitar. I haven't had the opportunity to see Steve yet but have heard great things about him from the area. I still wish there was more of a dedicated blues scene in this area, but for now Jim is holding me over!

Jim and Steve play harmonica duos on Parchman Farm, Done All My Singing, Walkin Blues, and Rocket 88. Steve plays guitar where heard except Louise, which has guitar by Jim and harp by Steve. All other harmonica is by Jim. Steve sings where heard except Big Boss Man which is sung by Jim. Personally, I like Jims vocals better than Steve's but maybe that is because I have seen Jim perform numerous time and haven't seen Steve yet. I will say that I do definitely dig Steve's harp playing though!

1. Parchman Farm-diggin' this harp tune w/ powerful vocals
2. Ain't That Lovin You-I love Jimmy Reed and his music...
3. Rocket 88-upbeat bluesy tune
4. My Babe-mellow take on this one
5. Big Boss Man-see above and love Jim's vocals
6. Louise-slow blues about a woman
7. Walkin Blues-great harp & Robert Johnson classic
8. Roadmap-pretty instrumental
9. Done All My Singing-gospel like blues
10. Louisiana Blues- delta enriched

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Learn more about Jim or Steve on the web and if you're in the Milwaukee area call me up so we can go see Jim; he's terrific!

I give this a 3.85 of 5 on the STLBluesometer.



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