Zonder Kennedy & The Scoville Junkies – Zonder Kennedy & The Scoville Junkies

January 01, 1970

(Soul Station)




Zonder Kennedy &
The Scoville Junkies follow in the tradition of other electric Blues
revisionists… that is, to expand the formula and nudge it ever closer to rockier
realms. Not surprisingly then, the echoes of famous forebears resonate
throughout – Hendrix, Johnny Winter, the Allman Brothers, Jimmie and Stevie Ray
Vaughn being but a few.


Then again, Blues is a
well defined medium and anyone who chooses to follow that tack will almost
certainly end up retracing the trail someone’s travelled before. Regardless,
for whatever the group lacks in originality, they make up for in inspiration. Whether
it’s the slash and burn of the Hendrix-like shuffles “Devil Walk” and “Blue Garden,”
their redo of Johnny Winter’s original redo of Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61,” or a
laidback cover of Tom Waits’ “Hold On,” Kennedy and company do their damndest
to gain ground on a trail that’s already well-trod. Catching them in concert
may be the best indication of success, but even on album it’s clear they’re off
to a good start.


Walk,” “Highway 61,” “Hold On” LEE ZIMMERMAN


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