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MACK EVANS

LOWDOWN

2008-05-06

Mack Evans has a Ph.D. in the blues as American Literature. On this, his debut, he applies his smarts and chameleon like ability to take on different personas to 13 original, mostly acoustic tunes that mine everything from the blues to soul to stone cold country. On "Elvis When He Was Elvis," Evans reminisces about the King “before the movies and the pills” over a bluesy backdrop. When "Scotty Moore Played" features Evans in a Johnny Cash mood and gives credit to Elvis’ long time guitar player as one of his seminal influences. "Wrong" is a country style weeper which makes the Tone-Loc rap like delivery of "Shakespeer" all the more surprising. Keeping things off kilter, Evans lays down a Boz Scaggs style soul tune on "Three Between the Sheets" and seemingly channels Dylan on the blues shuffle, "T.V. Mama". "Lowdown" is a swampy Tony Joe White style number with saxophone adding just the right amount of grease to the groove. Overall, a nice change of pace for acoustic blues. Smitty

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