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Album Review

The second studio album by contemporary electric blues supergroup the Mannish Boys delivers straightforward Chicago-style blues in an unfussy setting. The list of special guests is as long as the nine-piece band, including guest singers Jody Williams and Bobby Lee Jones, guitarist Rick Holmstrom, pianist Rob Rio, bassists Jeff Big Dad Turmes and Larry "The Mole" Taylor, harmonica player Mitch Kashmar and saxophonist David Woodford. As a result, no one singer or instrumentalist predominates, giving Big Plans a sort of R&B revue feel. The songs are mostly originals by members of the band including bandleader Randy Chortkoff and slide guitarist Frank Goldwasser; while the band get points for largely avoiding the temptation to simply bash out the usual electric blues suspects, none of the album's original material sounds likely to join the blues canon. A fairly low-key, genial album, Big Plans is considerably less than its title suggests, but it's likely enough for fans of contemporary electric blues.

Customer Reviews

A great blues band, a great cd

The Mannish Boys have an amazing level of talent in the band--Finis Tasby, Kirk Fletcher, Kid Ramos, Frank Goldwasser, Leon Blue, Richard Innis and many others--and they make great music together. If you are a fan of blues at all, don't take my word for it. Listen to the song segments, and you will see for yourself. Buy this cd and support a great band. In fact, buy all their cds--

The Real Deal

These guys pay homage to the great delta bluesmen of the past, while adding 21st century production quality. The guitarwork jumps right at you. Just take a listen to the wicked slide on "I Can't Stay Here". Lightnin Hopkins would be proud!


This band rocks

Big Plans, The Mannish Boys
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Rock
  • Released: May 22, 2007

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