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Scotty Boy Daniel Blues Band - Flip the Switch

Soundgate Productions

The Scotty Boy Daniel Blues Band hails from Kansas City. Harmonica ace Scotty Boy is heavily influenced by William Clarke. I called up two harp players I know here in New York City and played them a couple of Scotty Boy notes over the telephone. They both said "William Clarke". The recording especially the harp is well produced although I bet the live version of this band is better. More intense.

The disc starts out with a Kansas City style jump blues instrumental called 'Flip the Switch' which is also the title of the album. The CD then goes into "Days on End" a Chicago blues that shuffles along nicely. The band brings it down for "Tricky Woman". There is some "down in the groove" guitar work by Dave Hays and Scotty Boy can sure blow.

"K-Street Stomp", is another instrumental, I am sure gets the crowd on it's feet and dancing when they play live. On "Club Tavern", Scotty Boy invites his fans to join he and his band for a night out. Good touch! There are some great blues lyrics by Mr. William Clarke on "Must Be Jelly", Scotty's Boy mentor.

"Cried Last Night' is my favorite track on the album. Guitarist Dave Hays takes over on the vocal and the cat can sing and play a mean slide guitar. Down home blues with a Delta feel. Dave also shows his vocal skills on the slow blues "Little Girl' . "Blue Midnight" is a Little Walter instrumental and is another outstanding addition to the CD.

"I'm Going Get Drunk' a Scotty Boy original reminds me of my old friend George Thorogood, slide guitar, some harp and even the vocal sounds a little bit like George. The album concludes with Eddie Taylor's "Train Fare", cool song and "Darkness Falling" which is probably the time Scotty Boy and the band are setting up the stage for their next gig.

'Flip the Switch" is an enjoyable listen. Some fine harp (nice tone) from Scotty Boy, excellent guitar from Dave Hays but I think the band should let Dave sing some more songs including adding some harmony to help Scotty Boy's vocal. Tight rhythm section Matt Browning on bass and Ghan Bunyarattaphant on drums (what a name). If I am ever in Kansas City I would catch the Scotty Boy Daniel Blues Band live and I am sure I would be guaranteed a good time. They swing!

Reviewer Michael Packer  is a singer-guitarist from NYC who fronts his own band "The Michael Packer Blues Band". He has been performing for over 40 years and has recorded on major labels Atlantic and RCA.

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