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REVIEW FROM SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 iSSUE 14-37 FROM BLUESBLAST MAGAZINE
In This Issue
Marty Gunther has our feature interview with first call band leader and renowned Chicago Bluesman Rico McFarland. We have 4 Blues reviews for you this week including new music from Jimmie Vaughan, Woody Mac, Cliff Stevens and Billy Branch & The Sons Of Blues
Featured Blues Review
Woody Mac – Dig It
9 songs time – 32:33
Michigander Woody Mac(Allen McMillan) evokes arena rock bands like Z.Z. Top and Bachman Turner Overdrive as he leads his power trio with his growling vocals and heavy-handed guitar onslaught. Close at his heels are the fleet fingered Jeff Dork on bass and rock steady drummer Timmy Sears. This is no run-of-the mill rhythm section. Jeff delivers inventive and upfront bass lines while Timmy has a deft touch on the skins. Neil Barbu provides keyboards on three tracks, but sadly passed away unexpectedly shortly after recording them.
Right out of the gate you are taken back to the early seventies via multi-tracked screaming blues rock guitars on “We All Have Hard Times”. Neil supplies organ on the funky “I’ve Drank Too Much”. The title song “Dig It” has either un credited or sampled horns and includes a nifty bass solo. The legacy of the great Robert Johnson is the subject of “Judgement Day”, a song that includes electric slide guitar and acoustic guitar as well as a few spooky guitar sounds near song’s end.
Funky bass under swirling dueling guitars fuel the heady blues rock of “Keep Playing The Blues”. A relentless walking bass line helps “Train” chug along(no pun intended). It also contains un credited harmonica blurts. The heavy “Fools Gold” has a brief jazzy guitar bit in its’ midst along with low in the mix keyboards. The CD goes out on a trippy note via the spacey “Vertigo” with its’ distorted vocal, at times melodic guitars, way cool bass playing and what appears to be synth strings.
Woody and his crew rock out in grand style with each member in control of their instrument that in turn delivers a heady brew. Aside from strong songwriting, guitar and vocals Woody’s production values bring it all together. Treat yourself to these unique sounds.
Reviewer Greg “Bluesdog” Szalony hails from the New Jersey Delta.
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What people are saying about the CD
Great Vocals, Excellent guitar/sound. Enjoyed (MJD)
Kick Ass Blues - Sounded Great (RRH)
Love it. (KW)
Wow ...... just wow!! Love it!! (MP)
I really enjoyed your new album, "Dig It!" Lots of rocking, original songs! CONGRATULATIONS and best of luck in the future! (JAH)
I can dig it for sure. Got me going again this am. I especially love the change ups, refreshing, unexpected, great riffs. Rock on Bros. (CP)
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Story behind Woody Mac
This is part a tribute to my father and to my Scottish heritage.When I was a child my father gave me the nickname Woody in reference to one of my favorite cartoons at the time Woody Woodpecker.The Mac comes from my Scottish last name McMillan which is pronounced (MacMillan) and was my Dads nickname given to him by his co-workers at Ford motor Co in Ypsilanti Michigan.
So I introduce to you
Woody Mac AKA (Allen McMillan)