Talk about an “old
Before heading out on
his own in the mid-1990s, Chewy “Thunderfoot” Black was the
drummer and musical director for nearly decade behind Buddy Ace,
the “Silver Fox” of the blues. Prior to that, the versatile R&B
artist had toured extensively with such icons of soul as Joe
Tex, Johnny Adams, Tommy Ridgely, Earl King, and Malaco Records
star, Z.Z. Hill.
But simply calling
Chewy “old school” hardly begins to describe the finesse, grit,
and deep feeling the versatile and accomplished vocalist,
drummer, and bandleader brings to this hard-rocking and
impassioned collection of inspired hit covers.
The selections range
across the emotional spectrum, from Johnnie Taylor’s soulful
“Who’s Making Love?” to Sam Cooke’s joyous “Bring It on Home to
Me” to Kris Kristofferson’s tender “Help Me Make It Through the
And, making use of a
select group of top New Orleans R&B musicians, Chewy has crafted
some classic “old school” arrangements for this recording that
highlight the hard-driving sound of a full-complement road band.
Check out, for
example, the big-band drive of Chris Kenner’s classic “Sick and
Tired,” with its horn section and smoking tenor solo by R&B
master Jerry Jumonville. Or dig the electric guitar riffs that
cascade over the opening verse of Dobie Gray’s Caribbean-laced
In the mood for some
road-tested, get-down party music? Then check out Chewy
“Thunderfoot” Black and his hard-driving vocal soulmanship.