by Willard Manus
One of Los
Angeless finest young blues bands has cut its first album, HOUND
DOG DAVE AND THE MEL-TONES. Recorded live at a local club, the new CD
shows just why the band has become a popular attraction in recent years.
Every one of the CDs twelve cuts is played and sung in lusty, high-spirited
fashion, making for good vibes all around.
A quartet comprised of Martin Sonny B Bennett on drums, Roger
Handy on vocals and harmonica, Mike Hightower on electric bass, and Dave
Melton on guitar and vocals, the band digs into such blues and r&b
classics as Suzy Q, Jambalaya and Dust My
Broom (the Robert Johnson song made popular by Elmore James) witha
gleeful kind of intensity and passion which is quite infectious. Its
hard not to want to jump up and dance to this album, especially when Handy
belts out Shake Rattle and Roll with all the rollicking force
of a young Joe Turner. Melton on slide guitar also romps exuberantly on
Shes Tuff and Reconsider, Baby.
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