12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For more than 40 years, The Nighthawks have served up a well-seasoned stew of blues, R&B, and rock with plenty of sweat and a pinch of humor. Damn Good Time is firmly in the band’s eclectic tradition, capturing the freewheeling roadhouse spirit that has been the quartet’s calling card. Founding member Mark Wenner joins veteran bandmates Paul Bell and Johnny Castle in welcoming new recruit Mark Stutso into the fold. All four Hawks take turns at the vocal mic as they tackle a mixed bag of originals and covers. Wenner’s boisterous harmonica work powers such swaggering numbers as “Night Work” and “Too Much.” Castle delivers the rollicking rockabilly tune “Bring Your Sister,” while Bell grabs the spotlight for a vigorous Bo Diddley–ized take on “Georgia Slop.” Besides handling drum duties, Stutso contributes such soulful compositions as “Minimum Wage” and “Heartbreak Shake.” From the suave “Send for Me” to the swinging “Smack Dab in the Middle,” The Nighthawks make all the stylistic shifts look easy. These old pros have a few things to teach the latest crop of roots artists about energy, endurance, and style.

EDITORS’ NOTES

For more than 40 years, The Nighthawks have served up a well-seasoned stew of blues, R&B, and rock with plenty of sweat and a pinch of humor. Damn Good Time is firmly in the band’s eclectic tradition, capturing the freewheeling roadhouse spirit that has been the quartet’s calling card. Founding member Mark Wenner joins veteran bandmates Paul Bell and Johnny Castle in welcoming new recruit Mark Stutso into the fold. All four Hawks take turns at the vocal mic as they tackle a mixed bag of originals and covers. Wenner’s boisterous harmonica work powers such swaggering numbers as “Night Work” and “Too Much.” Castle delivers the rollicking rockabilly tune “Bring Your Sister,” while Bell grabs the spotlight for a vigorous Bo Diddley–ized take on “Georgia Slop.” Besides handling drum duties, Stutso contributes such soulful compositions as “Minimum Wage” and “Heartbreak Shake.” From the suave “Send for Me” to the swinging “Smack Dab in the Middle,” The Nighthawks make all the stylistic shifts look easy. These old pros have a few things to teach the latest crop of roots artists about energy, endurance, and style.

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About The Nighthawks

A hard-driving Washington, D.C.-based bar band with strong Chicago blues roots, the Nighthawks were formed in 1972 by harpist and vocalist Mark Wenner and guitarist Jimmy Thackery. The band earned a reputation as a solid outfit through more than a decade of touring and recording projects with John Hammond and former members of Muddy Waters' band. Thackery left in 1986, but Wenner regrouped around longtime members Jan Zukowski on bass and Pete Ragusa on drums. Trouble, their 1991 release on Powerhouse, was a blend of blues, R&B, and rock influences, with a typically energetic sound born from thousands of gigs across the country. Subsequent efforts included 1993's live Rock This House, 1996's Pain & Paradise, and 1999's Still Wild. A collection of live performances from 2001 saw release in the spring of 2002 as Live Tonight. Since then, the band has stayed active delivering such albums as 2006's Blue Moon in Your Eye, 2009's American Landscape, and 2015's Back Porch Party. In 2017 they returned with All You Gotta Do, which included a version of Brenda Lee's "That's All You Gotta Do." ~ Bill Dahl

  • ORIGIN
    Washington, D.C.
  • GENRE
    Blues
  • FORMED
    1972

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