12 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having reunited after decades on a tribute to Big Bill Broonzy, the brothers who once led L.A.’s rockabilly-revival charge with The Blasters dig their blues roots deeper on this boisterous 2015 album. They tear through four songs by jump-blues shouter Big Joe Turner, with Phil’s tenor dripping honey and Dave’s guitar shooting sparks. Two gospel numbers and James Brown’s “Please Please Please” ignite as well—and the opening crunch of Oscar Brown Jr.’s River Styx-set “Mister Kicks” suggests where The Rolling Stones learned to express sympathy for the devil.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having reunited after decades on a tribute to Big Bill Broonzy, the brothers who once led L.A.’s rockabilly-revival charge with The Blasters dig their blues roots deeper on this boisterous 2015 album. They tear through four songs by jump-blues shouter Big Joe Turner, with Phil’s tenor dripping honey and Dave’s guitar shooting sparks. Two gospel numbers and James Brown’s “Please Please Please” ignite as well—and the opening crunch of Oscar Brown Jr.’s River Styx-set “Mister Kicks” suggests where The Rolling Stones learned to express sympathy for the devil.

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