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Baker-McClaren Band - Live At the Tap RoomReverend Raven - LIVE AT BLUES ON GRAND Featuring Madison Slim {2002 | Nevermore Records}
-- by UJ Miller --

This band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin has been slugging it out for years on the road playing their brand of Chicago style blues. Combine Reverend Raven’s West Side Chicago-style guitar with the South Side Blues harp of Madison Slim and you have a double threat that is tough to beat. Born and raised on south side of Chicago, the Reverend has been playing the blues since 1971 when he first saw Freddy King play at the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago. After 15 year hitch in the Navy he moved to Milwaukee where he began a long friendship and collaboration with Madison Slim, long time harmonica player for Jimmy Rogers. Since 1990 he has opened for Gatemouth Brown, Pinetop Perkins, Koko Taylor Band, Junior Wells, Billy Branch, Magic Slim, Elvin Bishop, Sugar Blue, Lonnie Brooks, William Clarke, Lefty Dizz and numerous others at festivals and at Buddy Guy's Legends.

The band is:
Rev Raven – guitar and vocals
Madison Slim – harmonica and vocals
The Chain Smoking Alter Boys are:
Spencer Panosh – drums
P.T. Pedersen – bass
Benny Rickun – harmonica/bass/guitar


1. I’m YOUR HONEYBOY –Chicago style guitar and harmonica stood out from the start
2. LOVING YOU- The Reverend gets it rocking
3. GET LOVE IF YOU WANT IT- reminded me of Hudson and the Hoodoo Cats
4. I”VE GOT TO BE WITH YOU TONIGHT– slow pillow talking groove
5. BEE HIVE BABY- harmonica shined
6. BYE BYE BABY- upbeat swinging jam
7. IN THE OPEN- foot stomping instrumental
8. LOUISE- Madison Slim made that harp moan and groan
9. WHO”S BEEN TALKIN- nice mix of smooth vocals, pleasing guitar and howling harp
10. SWEET MAN- stripped down sound
11. PLEASE LET ME EXPLAIN- least favorite
12. THE BACK SCRATCHER– got me “itching” for more
13. I CAN’T GET YOU OFF MY MIND- hard driving jam

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The hot harmonica of Madison Slim kept my interest throughout this disc. I give this disc 3.5 out of 5.0 on my STLBluesometer rating. Go check them out yourself live or on the web at www.reverendraven.com

UJ Miller

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