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Darrell Nulisch

Goin' Back to Dallas

2007-06-23

This stripped down affair finds singer/harmonica player Darrel Nulisch ( formerly of Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets and Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters) throwing down a number of originals and dipping into the songbooks of Sonny Boy Williamson, Freddie King and Jimmy Reed. With low key, but right in the pocket, instrumental back up compliments of Jon Moeller (guitar), Kevin Anker (keyboards), Steve Gomes (bass) and Robb Stupka (drums), Nulisch takes the opportunity to wrap his warm voice around the lyrics like a sweater around a Vargas girl. The effect is perfect for slow, languid nights with scotch, big cigars, your squeeze and a bed only steps away. Those looking for a blues party may have trouble finding the ignition switch here amongst the slow simmering stew but will find some respite in Sonny Boy’s upbeat "Too Young To Die", Jimmy Reed’s "Shame, Shame, Shame" and in Nulisch’s own "Straight’n Up". Like slow roasted meat, there’s lots of flavor here but don’t expect it to hit you on the first bite. Smitty

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