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True Story by Kurt Crandall

Kurt Crandall tries hard. Tries hard with various flavors of the blues Chicago Blues, West Coast Swing, and Kansas City Jump. Playing the Blues is deceptively simple, but it takes a master to express the down and flirty grit and the raw soul baked on the where the sidewalk ends. Kurt Crandall does a credible job. He and his band are certainly competent. His voice sounds reminiscent of Elvis, especially on ‘Quibble with a Nibble.’ The band plays and struts with verve. ‘Sammy’ is a wonderfully sleazy story embraced with a wonderfully slippery sordid way of telling it. ‘My Little Machine’ has that grunt of the blues, but the lyrics sound like something a twelve year old boy would aspire to write. ‘Marinara Mambo’ is fairly retro and borderline offensive...on a couple of levels. ‘Eep Opp Ork Ah Ah’ has potential, but it is marred by references to a forty year old cartoon show, The Jetsons, which just seems out of place except for that small range of middle-aged guys still pondering the joys of yestercentury’s Saturday morning fare.

The overall effect is that they are a good bar band on a hot Friday night in a joint off Highway 61 filled to the brim with rowdy locals and flat Buds. Kurt Crandall tries hard. The band plays hard. But after a hard night, it may have been fun, but not that memorable.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Kurt Crandall
  • CD Title: True Story
  • Genre: Blues
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Relevant Records
  • Tracks: But One Regret, Marinara Mambo, Sammy, Quibble with a Nibble, Eep Opp Ork Ah Ah, Self-Servin’ Woman, Ella Roo Blues, Bed has One Pillow, Bumpity Bump, My Little Machine, Evans Shuffle
  • Musicians: Kurt Crandall (harmonica & vocals), Karl Angerer (guitar, acoustic bass), Pete Kanaras (guitar), Mike Sedovic (piano), Ralph Ybarra (acoustic and electric bass), Jaisson Taylor (drums and background vocals), Tom Baker (background vocals and percussion)
  • Rating: Two Stars
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