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The Nighthawks - American Landscape

The “American Landscape” CD from The Nighthawks is aptly named from a band that has intact “Street Creds” and then some in major league BLUES circles. After 30 years of hangin tuff as a Blues band the Nighthawks have stayed true to following their Blues Based Bliss. The Band has backed such Blues Luminaries as John Lee Hooker, Pine Top Perkins, Elvin Bishop , Luther “Guitar Junior”, Calvin Jones, Carl Perkins , and Muddy Waters alum, “Steady Rolling” Bob Margolin!

Mark Wenner ( harmonica & vocals), Paul Bell (Guitars, vocals) Pete Ragusa (Drums and vocals), Johnny Castle ( Bass guitar, vocals & percussion) have crafted a CD that reflects their many diverse musical influences and flavors. Cut numero uno is “Big Boy.”

This is a cover true to the west coast original by The Imperial Crowns. Working its way “On Down The Line” eastward, The Nighthawks continue this well seasoned American Blues based stew with one of my all time traditional fav-o-rites: “MATCHBOX.”

The mellow “Try It Baby” slows it on down to a simmering, jazzed rave up, with lots of tasty guitar hooks and sweet vocal riffs perfect for that slow dance with your significant other! NEXT , “Don’t Turn Your Heater Down” serves up a great hip deep Blues groove that, like an after dinner mint, just SASSIFIES!

Rounding out this tour of the American music landscape the unique “Fishing Hole Theme” just brings it on home Ya’ll, to Aunt Bea with a send up of the Mayberry RFD theme song that will give you case of happy feet that won’t easily dissipate and best of all can be whistled in the shower! My drooling appreciation for American Landscape nearly required me to put on a Lobster bib! And NOW, I most eagerly await seeing the Nighthawks live at Atlanta’s Blind Willies on April 17th!

Review by Mike “CATHEAD” Nunn

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