Friday, January 8, 2010
Harmonica SHAH - Motor City Mojo 2000
Harmonica Shah has been a fixture on the Detroit blues circuit for at least 20 years and has been featured on a number of recordings with other local blues artists such as Hastings Street Grease. Shaw currently works and tours with local guitarist Howard Glazer with whom he made the very successful CD recording Deep Blues. Shah's piercing, plaintive harmonica wail, combined with a raw, authentic blues vocal style that can only come from life experience, are what can make Shaw such a strong performer. Lovers of raw, uncut, Delta-style blues will definitely enjoy Harmonica Shah.
By Keith A. Owens.
Harmonica Shah blasts his way through 10 blues numbers by various artists such as Jimmy Reed, Elmore James and Earl Hooker as well as a host of self penned (some liberties here!) tunes.
The backing band(s) are complementary to Shah's over the top blowin'. Tasty guitar work by Little Jr. Cannaday and Joe Mitchell along with three excellent piano men round out the sound.
If you like your blues delivered in a smoky, urban dive and served up with a shot of cheap whiskey, then you will dig this CD. Listen closely to Shah's rendition of "The Sky Is Crying" and you'll hear him turning on his bullet mic just before he rips off a gut wrenching solo. Pure magic!
By William C. McCurdie Jr.
01. Dirty Old Bastard (4:58)
02. Detroit Playboy (6:33)
03. My Baby Left Me, Left Me A Mule (3:52)
04. Old Hound Dog (5:30)
05. Big Boss Man (4:39)
06. One Eyed Woman (6:47)
07. My Old Time Used To Be (4:30)
08. The Sky Is Crying (3:34)
09. Jam at Long Tooth John's Junkyard (5:10)