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Doctor Velvet
     

Doctor Velvet

by Nick Curran
 
Fevered anticipation surrounded the recording of roots music phenomenon Nick Curran's third album and debut for Blind Pig Records. Attaching himself to such a pinnacle of mainstream blues as Blind Pig seemed at first a mixed blessing. While it affords the ex-rockabilly twanger greater visibility on a reputable blues label, it nonetheless raised the fear that he may

Overview

Fevered anticipation surrounded the recording of roots music phenomenon Nick Curran's third album and debut for Blind Pig Records. Attaching himself to such a pinnacle of mainstream blues as Blind Pig seemed at first a mixed blessing. While it affords the ex-rockabilly twanger greater visibility on a reputable blues label, it nonetheless raised the fear that he may have been attempting some type of ill-advised commercial crossover. One listen to Doctor Velvet, though, and such fears melt away into pure joy. Perhaps "purist" joy would be more apt, as Curran continues on his time-traveling blues odyssey. Having already proven himself as the most worthy heir to the Texas blues throne -- or at least Guitar Slim reincarnate -- Doctor Velvet finds the guitarist/vocalist channeling the spirits of Albert King, Freddy King and Otis Rush in one long, funky burst of late-'50s and early-'60s go-go blues ectoplasm. From the inspired reworking of garage rock icons the Sonics' "Shot Down" to the Louis Prima-meets-Fats Domino vocals on "Don't Be Angry," Curran has deftly expanded his vision. Throw in a cameo appearance by Jimmie Vaughan on two tracks and Doctor Velvet packs some serious blues mojo. The "State of Texas" sunglasses Curran sports on the CD cover are merely an exclamation point.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/04/2003
Label:
Blind Pig
UPC:
0019148508125
catalogNumber:
5081
Rank:
100163

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nick Curran   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Bobby Horton   Background Vocals
Gary Primich   Harmonica
Jimmie Vaughan   Guitar
Joe Morales   Tenor Saxophone
Mike Barfield   Background Vocals
Eric Mathew Przygocki   Bass,String Bass
Damien Llanes   Drums
Rachel Fenton   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Nappy Brown   Composer
Bobby Horton   Producer,Engineer
Edward Chmelewski   Executive Producer
Jerry del Giudice   Executive Producer
Fats Domino   Composer
Gerry Roslie   Composer
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Fred Mendelsohn   Composer
A. Moore   Composer
Adonna M. Teat   Composer
Bill Starkes   Composer
Billy Horton   Producer,Engineer
Nick Curran   Composer
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer

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