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Professor Louie & The Crowmatix, Wings on Fire
Woodstock Records, June 19

11/01/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Professor Louie got his nickname when he worked on song prep for Rick Danko and The Band; over the years he’s assembled a lot of parenthetically legendary side-talent at his upstate New York lair, which has resulted in Grammy nominations for the blues-Americana they all obviously love. This newest set is no less worthy than the last couple of albums; there’s little overall change save for a bit more zydeco sounds, such as the cover of George Jones’s “Color of the Blues” and their own grandfatherly poke at gizmo-gadgets on “High Tech Wreck.” Past that, these mostly-originals are steeped in bar-band classicism: Santana on “Open Hand Open Heart,” Warren Zevon on “A Book Faded Brown,” Jimmy Buffett on “The Bird Song.” Above all, though, it’s somehow very comforting to know these guys are around, and not just for the sheer number of everyday joes doing stuff like this at home. B-Eric W. Saeger





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