Thursday, June 14, 2001

Review - The Hoodoo Kings

Artist: The Hoodoo Kings

Posted on Thu, Jun 14, 2001 at 4:00 AM

Call them the Traveling Wilburys of Louisiana roots music, if you will: New Orleans pianist/organist Eddie Bo, Baton Rouge harmonica man Raful Neal and guitarist Rockin' Tabby Thomas (also from Baton Rouge), three singing wise men of the blues, labored on their own for 50 years before hooking up for this joint project. Hoodoo is what they do so well, an indefinable rhythmic gravity and gritty authenticity, the kind of earthy musical authority you don't learn at school.

For "The Hoodoo Kings," the trio, with help from a younger-generation rhythm section, do it with gusto on versions of Sonny Curtis' "I Fought the Law," Bob Dylan's "If I Be There by Morning," Thomas' "I Am the Hoodoo King." Believe it.


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