Shadow of the Blues

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Little Charlie & the Nightcats' seventh album for Alligator found the group at the top of its game, sharp songwriting combining with the expert playing of a group that has spent years on the road honing its craft. Rick Estrin's sleazy used-car-salesman-as-blues-singer persona comes shining through on his originals "Never Trust a Woman," "New Old Lady," and "Big and Fat," while Charlie Baty's guitar mastery is brought to the fore on the dazzling instrumental "Percolatin'." The title track is a great minor-key slow late-night piece, full of atmosphere and sporting great chromatic harp work from Estrin and a jazzy break from Baty. Down-home award-winner goes to the only cover...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Little Charlie & the Nightcats' seventh album for Alligator found the group at the top of its game, sharp songwriting combining with the expert playing of a group that has spent years on the road honing its craft. Rick Estrin's sleazy used-car-salesman-as-blues-singer persona comes shining through on his originals "Never Trust a Woman," "New Old Lady," and "Big and Fat," while Charlie Baty's guitar mastery is brought to the fore on the dazzling instrumental "Percolatin'." The title track is a great minor-key slow late-night piece, full of atmosphere and sporting great chromatic harp work from Estrin and a jazzy break from Baty. Down-home award-winner goes to the only cover on board, Arthur "Big Boy" Spires' "Murmur Low," which also features Estrin in the rare role of second guitarist. As always, the rhythm section of Ronnie James Weber on bass and June Core on drums provides swinging support throughout, and the addition on certain tracks of Jimmy Pugh on piano and organ is most welcome. The result is another solid album of modern-day blues served up by one of the genre's best working bands.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/1998
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • UPC: 014551486220
  • Catalog Number: 514862

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Never Trust a Woman (5:07)
  2. 2 New Old Lady (3:48)
  3. 3 When Your Woman Is Gone (5:49)
  4. 4 You Got Your Hooks in Me (3:11)
  5. 5 Big and Fat (4:13)
  6. 6 You Don't Love Me That Way (3:20)
  7. 7 Walkin' in the Shadow of the Blues (5:42)
  8. 8 Got It Good (3:19)
  9. 9 Dirty Dealin' Mama (4:23)
  10. 10 Percolatin' (4:18)
  11. 11 I Don't Drink Much (4:46)
  12. 12 Murmur Low (3:16)
  13. 13 You Got to Rock (4:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Little Charlie & the Nightcats Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Charlie Baty Guitar
Rick Estrin Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Jimmy Pugh Organ, Piano
Ronnie James Weber Bass
June Core Percussion, Drums, Maracas
Technical Credits
Charlie Baty Producer
Rick Estrin Producer
Jerry Hall Engineer
Brent Mydland Composer
Lou Hemsey Mastering
Mattias Minde Cover Design
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