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Album Review

As impressive as Bedard and the Kingpins' debut album was — chock full of stylistic diversions, stellar playing and a tune selection that showed the band's wide musical palette to good advantage — their sophomore effort broadens their horizons even further. Bedard's playing is a melting pot of T-Bone Walker blues, rockabilly, swing, jazz, country chicken pickin', '60s garage band chording, and the sleazier aspects of Chicago and Mississippi blues styles all whipped up into a most heady mix. Worthy covers come with scorching renditions of Elmore James' "Hawaiian Boogie," and a bop jazz tour de force on Red Prysock's "Zip" and the instrumental "William Tell '97." But Bedard's originals — especially "Ball and Chain," the garage rocker "Dick Around," the bluesy "Quiet Mind," and the soulful "Lelia Ann" — show tremendous growth as a songwriter, driving the band into new genre territory. With no sophomore jinx peeking out anywhere, Bedard and the Kingpins turn in that rarest of recorded entities: a second album that's actually better than their first.

Customer Reviews

Great to hear George Bedard years later

I first heard George Bedard at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor during college in the early 90s. Bedard's band, along with the Steve Nardella Trio, was my introduction to live rock and blues and were Blind Pig regulars. This is a great mix of songs. I particularly like Gettin' Later and Lelia Ann and it's cool to hear a re-do of the William Tell overture. I really enjoyed this. Well worth it.

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