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Malkum Gibson And The Mighty Juke

It's Gonna Be Alright

Whata’ Records

By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker

12 songs; 51:11 minutes; Very Good

This is a solid home made album of enjoyable blues. There may not be any new ground broken here, but at least Malkum Gibson and the Mighty Juke know what the Blues are and don’t take any detours down a “Rock” road or unscheduled stops in a “Country” outhouse. Gibson’s vocals and harmonica are instantly likeable in front of a competent band.

Hailing from Ohio, the band is decades-long blues veteran Malkum Gibson –vocals, harmonica, accordion (on “St. James Infirmary”); Rob Cole – guitars and vocals; John Hack – bass and vocals; and Jake “The Snake” Shumaker – drums.  Gibson’s harmonica playing has been reviewed as “good harp tone” by Bruce Iglauer at Alligator Records and “passionate harmonica” by Bill Kisliuk, Blues Access magazine.

Of the 12 tracks, Gibson or Hack or Cole penned five of them including the rocking, Chuck Berry-esque second track, “Bow Legged Woman”. The song is a fun romp in the “Johnny B. Goode” vein with Gibson blowing harp like he has three lungs. “Bonita” is another original with an infectious hook and a rhythm that’s a slight variation of the Bo Diddley beat. John Hack’s “Victim of Fate” brings a wry smile when the title is kept in mind while hearing lyrics like, “Didn’t see that stop sign...didn’t see that speed limit sign...lost track of time...can’t understand why that cop gave you a ticket.”

Don’t expect any slow dirges here; this is energetic, foot tapping, dance floor burning Blues.

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