Rick Galusha's Pacific St. Blues and Americana

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Album Review: Mississippi Mudsharks, Train Rolls On

Artist: Mississippi Mudsharks
Title: Train Rolls On
Writer: Rick Galusha

This is a band that cuts from the cloth of Walter Trout and Molly Hatchet. With gruff vocals that nary’ between a bark and a growl ala’ Jim Dandy Mangrum (Black Oak Arkansas) the band crusades through an albums worth of tracks. Guitarist Scotty ‘Mad Dog’ Blinn plays licks reminiscent of Kiss’ Ace Frehley while bass player “Big” Mike Lars hammers away with flair.

With all the gusto of Motorhead behind them the Mississippi Mudsharks wail, twist and turn as the album hits high speed tempos. These guys are the absolute dumpster divers of West Coast blues kitsch…in other words they may not be a band for most listeners. However ‘The Mudsharks’ have repeatedly won the San Diego markets award for Best Blues Album of the Year including three times in the 90’s and again in 2006. With their heavy handed blues that leans towards ZZ Top on Meth ala’ Nashville Pussy, the blues is a genre that seems to welcome all comers, and this is a band that will push even the most lenient of envelopes. So to lift a line from Rod Stewart off the latest Faces boxset album, “God bless [their] socks!”

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