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new releases title tune) and swing tunes ( Along the Navajo Trail , Yesterday Today Tomorrow ), but they are all good—57 minutes of fine music. Much like a younger Travis Haddix, Eugene Bridges deserves to be better known. I Can’t Stand It deals with this problem beauti-fully. He can play, he can sing, he can write, he can arrange—what’s not to like? He is the international version of an itinerant blues-man who should be reaping deserved positive jingo at home. This is one of the best albums to cross my desk this year with good tunes, good musicians and good performances throughout. —Peter B. Lowery musicians whose grooves and solos pro-vide an authentic and soulful framework for Hooker’s sultry voice that evokes a range of emotions from down home grit to tender poignancy. Another Kind of Blues is a soul blues that recalls the Malaco classics of Z.Z. Hill and Denise LaSalle. Other tunes in this vein include the rousing, horn-driven title track and the swaggering bravado of Receipt to Sing the Blues . The bouncy soul of Look Me Up , with its strummed acoustic guitar and subdued chorus of background singers, brings the Staples Singers’ work on Stax Records to mind. Hooker lays down some hardcore funk with a nasty girl attitude on Let’s Do Something . In direct contrast, the ballad Drown in Your Love recalls Nancy Wilson’s elegant torch song stylings. A couple of tracks, the funky Art of Divorce and the mel-low Protect Me From the Blues , find Hooker exploring the blues/jazz fusion territory that B.B. King pioneered with the Crusaders. Hooker invokes her father’s legacy on two tracks: One Step Two with its the pulsing, slow grinding groove and wailing harmonica and especially on Hang On for a While , a foot-stomping, acoustic guitar / harmonica ZAKIYA HOOKER In the Mood Boogie With The Hook Records – No # Pursuing a career as a blues singer and having a father like the iconic John Lee Hooker must be intimidating, but for Zakiya Hooker work-ing in the shadow of her father’s legacy may not be as daunting because her approach and style is so distinct from the acoustic Delta and postwar electric, urban blues he personified. In The Mood , Zakiya Hooker’s fourth CD as a leader, shows that she has positioned herself as versatile singer who excels in the soul blues style, who can also handle funk, jazz and country blues. Produced by her husband Ollan Christopher (Chris James), In the Mood was largely recorded in Argentina with local NEW RELEASES More great music from Connor Ray Music The long anticipated follow up to her sensational 2014 #1 Billboard release Royal Oaks Blues Cafe. Jam packed with explosive blues styles of forceful guitar licks, swanky harp instrumentals, and rhythms that ignite and excite! Mississippi Blues Club www.connorraymusic.com Billy D & The Hoodoos All songs copyright William Alan Desmond ASCAP Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by craig neil www.craigneil.com Billy D. & & The The Hoodoos Hoodoos prod. master: sales order: acct mgr: artist: bus. rel.: contact: ofa date: 1) Somethin’s Wrong (3:44) 2) 50 (3:09) 3) Whyya Do It? (4:35) 4) Hide My Heart (3:56) 5) Blue (3:18) 6) Miss The love (3:30) 7) crazy littl 8) Love makes 9) somewhere of the blue 10) charlene (3 11) she‘s the o 12) save my life www.billydandthehoodoos.co connor_ray11.18.15.indd 1 42 • LIVING BLUES • December 2015 11/18/15 6:36 PM

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