Black Joe Lewis – Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is

January 01, 1970

(Lost
Highway)

 

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Black
Joe Lewis is the kind of act that folks like Ike and Tina Turner used to
feature as a warm-up. They display the heat and energy to get the crowd’s blood
up but don’t crowd the headliner. Borrowing the attitude, arrangements and
hermetically tight musicianship from those hard-working, hard-sweating acts of
yore, the BJL band resembles a Bar-Kays style roadhouse soul ensemble but comes
off better, blending Stooges style punk, sixties garage and John Lee Hooker monochord
blues: check “Big Booty Woman” or “Boogie”, an amphetamine reworking of “Shake
Your Hips.”

 

That
approach fits the Lewis vocal parameters perfectly. When he is working where he
lives – somewhere where Arthur Lee and Iggy Pop meet Booker T. and the MGs – he’s
someone to reckon with. And as with the best of those old school warm up acts,
by the time he’s done you’re solidly on his side.

 

Standout Tracks: “Please Pt. Two”; “Big
Booty Woman” RICK ALLEN

 

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