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THE TWISTERS

After the Storm

2007-08-09

This disc marks The Twister’s return to the studio after a three year period that saw their original drummer leave with a disabling case of tendonitis and the rest of the band getting involved in a horrific traffic accident that killed their bass player. Now re-tooled and reformed the band is ready to take on the world on their Northern Blues debut. While billed as a Jump and Swing band, that isn’t the primary focus of this disc. "I’m Your Man" lays down a slow, classic Chicago blues sound as does the instrumental number, "Second Wind", which showcases Dave Hoerl’s tasteful harmonica licks and Brandon Isaak’s upbeat guitar work. "Thick or Thin" falls more squarely into the jump blues camp (compliments of a kick in the rear by guest pianist Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne”) while "She’s Krazy" is more folk than blues with ample doses of dobro pushing the groove. On the low key, late night side are "When Your Memory Goes Away" and "Honest To Goodness". While "Harp Player" name checks numerous harmonica legends such as James Cotton and Little Walter, Hoerl doesn’t really do much on the track to merit sharing their spotlight. Shifting gears again, the band also takes on a bit of early Atlantic Records soul with ballad, "Where’s the Woman". While this disc has its bright moments, overall it is a bit too low key to fit with the high energy imagery that the band’s name evokes. Smitty

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