As Curtis Wheeler, a/k/a Rooster, explains on the title cut of
this classic blues outing, “I was born in Mississippi, raised
down in New Orleans; I ate red beans and rice, made love to a
Cajun queen.” So how would you describe the music he
makes? Mississippi Delta electric blues meets Big Easy soul and
The result is a brand
of stone-cold originality that makes even the blandest-sounding
blues arrangement sit up and bark at the moon.
Check out the single
live cut on the program here, “Cell Phone Blues,” recorded at
The Bubba Mac Shack on New Jersey’s south shore. The format is
traditional electric blues, but the musicianship, as evidenced
by extended blues solos, is more than a cut or two above
average, making the track a real stand-out.
But so is the next
track, “I’m a Stranger in Your Town,” a fairly simple blues
lyric backed by a hyper-shuffle rhythm and some complex,
hard driving horn charts. What comes next? The romantic ballad
“Jo Ann,” a slowed-down blues that borrows heavily from
synthesizer-laden soul, but ends with a doo-wop chorus.
And never mind that
the last three tracks are straight-out Nashville country blues,
complete with pedal-steel guitar and falsetto yodeling.
The Rooster method
will never catch you napping -- a showman first and foremost,
Rooster’s fresh take on the blues genre begins just where other
blues bands leave off.
So, for those who
think the blues format may have grown stale over the years, we
offer Rooster and his patented brand of right-here-alive today