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20 Nov 2014
When you think of blues music from the Deep South, you think of Mississippi, Memphis or Texas.
You don’t think of County Cork and definitely not Clonmel. Until now of course. Crow Black
Chicken have changed all that it with their second and latest album, Rumble Shake. The album
transports you to a rock bar deep in the Delta that you can imagine has played host to many
sweaty, whisky fuelled nights of dancing, debauchery and the dirtiest live blues music that you
could ever imagine. The only thing dirtier than this fictional rock bar are the sounds coming from
Stephen McGrath’s bass guitar.
"Hang 'em High" kicks off the album in a way that immediately grabs your attention and then
continues its grip as the disc spins and you are hit by song after song of simplistic, raw rock music
as it should be played.
“Jessie Mae” is a track written by legendary Texas songwriter, Ray Wylie Hubbard and he graces
this album with guest vocals on the song which simply adds to the brilliant American blues sounds
that Crow Black Chicken are aiming for here.
The albums last track “Sit With Satan” is simply sublime. There is literally nothing to fault in this
song. The awesome sounds from the lead guitar are matched by the fantastic drumming of Gev
Barrett. “Sit With Satan" at times sounds as if Tom Waits, Howling’ Wolf and Muddy Waters all sat
around jamming with their bottleneck slides and their steel guitars and then Crow Black Chicken
took that sound and had it spat through the microphone by lead vocalist Christy O’Hanlon. Christy
keeps shouting the question, “What’s My Name?”. With more music like this, everybody will know
the name of Crow Black Chicken.
Clocking in at exactly 40 minutes this album will leave you wanting to hear more so simply put it
back on again and then maybe another time after that but then stop because playing an album 4
times in a row is just plain silly.
Standout Tracks: Sit With Satan, Hang ‘em High & Jessie Mae.
By: Dave McMahon
Street Ceol TV