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Watermelon Slim & The Workers- Bull Goose Rooster (2013)

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Watermelon Slim & The Workers- Bull Goose Rooster (2013)

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01. Tomorrow Night
02. Bull Goose Rooster
03. Over The Horizon
04. Vigilante Man
05. A Wrench In The Machine
06. I'm A King Bee
07. Prison Walls
08. Blue Freightliner
09. Scratch My Back
10. I Ain't Whistling Dixie
11. Take My Mother Home
12. The Wobble
13. Trucking Class
14. Northwest Passage
15. The Foreign Policy Blues
16. Words Are Coming To An End

Musicians:
Watermelon Slim - Acoustic Slide Guitar, Dobro, Handclapping, Harmonica, Vocals
Cliff Belcher - Bass (Electric), Vocals
Ike Lamb - Guitar (Electric)
Ronnie "Mack" McMullen - Guitar (Electric), Handclapping, Vocals
Michael Newberry - Arranger, Drums, Handclapping, Percussion, Vocals
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Dennis Bobycki - Piano
Doctor Lacumba - Gong
Fred Litwin - Handclapping, Vocals (Background)
Gary Nicholson - Guitar (Acoustic)
Danielle Schnebelen - Duet, Vocals

 

Watermelon Slim hasn't worked with his backing band the Workers since 2008, so this 2013 reunion is something of a big deal, and the old bluesman treats Blue Goose Rooster as something of an event. During his time away from his backing band, Slim cut some country, so he uses this lengthy album to consolidate all of his musical interests, dabbling in that driving hardcore country, but also old-fashioned folk hollers, Woody Guthrie covers, a bit of gospel, and a whole lot of hard-charging roadhouse blues which, of course, is the Workers' forte. As that high-octane blues kicks off the record, it first seems that Blue Goose Rooster covers familiar ground, but by the time Slim is duetting with Trampled Under Foot's Danielle Schnebelen on the skeletal "Over the Horizon," it's clear that Slim is taking chances. At times, his grizzled, toothless, close-miked voice can be somewhat wearying -- it is not as versatile as his music -- but it's hard to deny the restlessness and adventure that drives Watermelon Slim, nor is it impossible to acknowledge the element that the Workers bring to the equation on the varied Bull Goose Rooster. --- Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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