I-94 Blues

I-94 Blues

by Cash Box Kings

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Overview

The Cash Box Kings are hard to pigeonhole. Like Roomful of Blues and Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, the band mines the sounds of the past, loosely basing its style on the early records put out by the Chess and Sun labels. They also blend in New Orleans second-line rhumba, acoustic Delta and country blues, swing, blues-rock, and other influences. They gig regularly around the Chicago area and put on a live show that shows off their first-class chops with an off-the-cuff feel that seems almost improvised. Two fine vocalists front the band. Joe Nosek, who is also a remarkable harp player and songwriter, has an aggressive vocal approach, while Oscar Wilson harks back to the mellow Kansas City blues shouters. Their complementary styles give the band an impressive flexibility as they deliver 15 smokin' tunes -- ten originals that sound like they're classics and five well-chosen covers. "Default Boogie" is, as you'd expect, a topical boogie tune with Wilson delivering a sardonic lead vocal and Billy Flynn adding some chiming blues mandolin. Nosek sings "Mellow Chick Swing," which is driven by Joel Paterson's acoustic guitar, mixed up to play neatly off of Barrelhouse Chuck's thumping piano. "St. Paul Wintertime Blues" is a slow dirty Chicago blues with a weary vocal from Nosek and Paterson's stinging slide guitar hot enough to raise blisters. "Hittin on My Baby" is an acoustic country shuffle based on "Diggin' My Potatoes." Paterson's lead guitar lines are alternately jazzy and down-home; Jimmy Sutton takes the song home with a slappin' standup bass solo. They close the album with a jump blues version of Willie McTell's "Warm It Up to Me," featuring Barrelhouse Chuck's vigorous piano fills and Nosek's wailing harp and seductive vocals.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/2010
Label: Blue Bella
UPC: 0800595101621
catalogNumber: 1016

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cash Box Kings   Primary Artist
Steve Freund   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Barrelhouse Chuck   Piano,Guest Appearance
Mark Haines   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Guest Appearance
Joel Paterson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Guest Appearance
Billy Flynn   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Rhythm Guitar,Guest Appearance
Jimmy Sutton   Background Vocals,Upright Bass,Guest Appearance
Oscar Wilson   Vocals,Group Member
Joe Nosek   Harmonica,Vocals,Group Member
Chris Boeger   Electric Bass,Upright Bass,Group Member
Kenny Smith   Group Member
Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith   Drums

Technical Credits

Mark Haines   Engineer
Paterson   Composer
Goering   Composer
Joe Nosek   Producer
Matthew Socey   Liner Notes

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