Cadillac Blues Band
Looking for some pure, straight-up blues? Look no further than the Cadillac Blues Band.
‘First Day’ kicks off like something off Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’, but after a few bars it becomes clear that the Cadillac Blues Band are less about the prog-rock and more about blues riffs, melancholic vocals, and smooth brass. The saxophone that comes in and out through the track is smoky and atmospheric.
The rock ‘n roll continues on ‘Snake Bit’ – a traditional twelve bar blues number that does everything you could possibly ask of the format.
‘Lend Me $20’ keeps things going with a lot of fun – “Lend me $20, I’ve met the woman of my dreams.” There’s a healthy dose of harmonicas and hammond organ to keep things slick along the way.
‘Bluesman’ heads in a moodier direction, with a wailing guitar intro, telling a compelling tale as the track progresses. The guitar solo really sings, with a slapback delay and a yearning tone.
‘Red Cadillac’ is much more of a rock number, with shades of the Jets’ ‘Do You Wanna Be My Girl’, and hints of Elvis Costello and the Stooges.
For a more laid back piece, ‘Hard To Watch Her Cry’ tones things down somewhat. With its nods towards Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, and Elvis Presley’s ‘Always On My Mind’, it’s a beautiful track that’s a joy to the ears.
If you’re looking for some blues that isn’t afraid to be different while staying true to its roots, check out the Cadillac Blues Band.