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CASH BOX KINGS

BLACK TOPPIN

2013-03-11

The Cash Box Kings have been billed as the "Young Turks" of the Chicago blues scene and on their second release on Blind Pig Records, these young Turks take old school Chicago and Delta blues and make it sound fresh today. On the title track "Black Toppin" vocalist Oscar Wilson captures the essence of John Lee Hooker's delta blues sound and on "Oscars Jump" he will fill the dance floor with a 1950's jump blues sound. "My Tiani" has a traditional Chicago sound and features special guest Barrelhouse Chuck on organ and some hot harmonica from Joe Nosek.Although most of these tracks are Kings originals, they do great justice to the Willie Dixon original "Too Late" and a big surprise cover of the Lou Reed & Velvet Underground track "Run, Run, Run". The Cash Box Kings preserve traditional blues sounds, but after one listen to "Black Toppin" you will remember how great that sound was. Reviewed By; Gregg Saur

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