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Catch Me
     

Catch Me

by Monster Mike Welch
 
In the kid-blues sweepstakes, "Monster" Mike Welch was one of the first on the scene and one who quickly got lost in the shuffle. This probably had more to do with his non-Hanson-like looks (à la Kenny Wayne and Johnny Lang) than his actual talent on his instrument, never a real consideration in these matters.

Overview

In the kid-blues sweepstakes, "Monster" Mike Welch was one of the first on the scene and one who quickly got lost in the shuffle. This probably had more to do with his non-Hanson-like looks (à la Kenny Wayne and Johnny Lang) than his actual talent on his instrument, never a real consideration in these matters. Therefore in a move to distance himself from the pack and grab a little credibility in the bargain, his third album finds him dropping the teeny bopper "Monster Mike" tag, growing a beard, and scowling into the camera whenever possible. Musically, this time around he shows little growth since his previous two outings. Welch dials in every SRV-approved sound from his Stratocaster and his playing is still highly derivative, offering note-for-note guitar runs from everyone from Magic Sam to Albert Collins to B.B. King. To his credit, however, Welch sounds less like a Stevie Ray "Vaughanabee" than Kenny Wayne does, and if his vocals are wispy-kid embarrassing on tunes like "Catch Me" and "My Love Belongs to You," he never tries to strangle his voice to attain Johnny Lang's phony blues rasp. But nobody can deny that Welch can play his rear end off; if all blues album were ever meant to be was one big hot lick festival, then this one would rank as an all-time great.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/09/1998
Label:
Tone Cool
UPC:
0734047116720
catalogNumber:
471167

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Performance Credits

Monster Mike Welch   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals
Bruce Katz   Piano
David Maxwell   Piano
Walter Platt   Trumpet
Richard Rosenblatt   Harmonica
Paul Ahlstrand   Alto Horn,Tenor Saxophone
David Hull   Bass,Vocals
George Lewis   Guitar
G.M. Perriwinkle   Hand Clapping
Amyl Justin   Vocals,Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Big Maceo Merriweather   Composer
Brian Capouch   Engineer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Richard Rosenblatt   Executive Producer
Diane Menyuk   Art Direction
Janie Bradford   Composer
Mike Welch   Composer
Mike Welch Band   Producer

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