”Drink Up” Was released 4-30-13 by I55 Productions and it contains 11 tracks:
- *Drink Up!
- That’s My Baby’s Mama
- *Blues Musician
- Tested Positive for the Blues
- *Mama Don’t Allow…
- Repo Man
- Raining On Beale
- *Going to Brownsville
- *The Ballad of Weevil Point Willie
- My Baby Got a Black Cat
“Drink Up” is Eric Hughes Band’s 4th CD and it is distinguished by its very well written lyrics, good arrangements and their own inimitable style of music, just as their previous albums.
I am really impressed by with the award-winning Memphis based blues artist Eric’s “Scrazpple” Hughes’s skills as a musician, being a superb guitarist, harmonica player and not to forget an expressive singer. This talented musician has no problem performing as a solo act or in a band, he feels just as comfortable in both worlds. He really understand the music he plays. Eric’s music is a mix of blues, americana, rock, swing, soul and folk.
I mentioned good lyrics in the beginning of this review, taste a bite of this line: “I’m a blues musician, I’m only happy when I’m down”. How can he come up with these good lyrics!? Just brilliant! They say so much about the passion for the music.
“Drink Up” is a up-tempo blues rock song that you want to dance uncontrolled to.
“That’s My Baby’s Mama” is a funky tune that starts with a nice bass and what I think is congas followed by a nice guitar riff. I like the chorus that never seems to end.
“Blues Musician” is a song that expains what blues music is all about with outstanding lyrics.
“Frostina” is a funky soulful song with goog lyrics with a lot of 1970 feeling to it.
“Tested Possitive For the Blues” is a medium tempo song with good lyrics with a nice groove and as usual good lyrics.
“Mama Don’t Allow” is in my oppinion the best song on this CD. That’s because I have a weekness for blues music being performed unelectrified on a resonator guitar. Just magnificent!
“Repo Man” is a another funky soulful song with feeling of the 1970th.
“Raining on Beale” is the only instrumental song on this CD.
“Going To Brownsville” is a wellknown blues song and I really like Erics’ version.
“Weevil Point Willie” is a nice medium tempo ballad with storytelling lyrics. It’s like watching a movie inside the head.
“My Baby Got a Black Cat” is a groovy song with good lyrics.
I like all songs but the ones I like the most is marked with a *.
I also have to give credit to all other musicians on this CD because it would not be this good without Leo Goff: Bass guitar, backing vocals.
Walter Hughes: guitars, mandolin, backing vocals.
Robert Nighthawk Tooms: keyboards.
Doug McMinn: drums, congas.
Chris Stephenson: keyboards.
Produced by Brad Webb and Eric Hughes
Engineered by Brad Webb
Edited, mixed by Brad Webb and Dawn Hopkins.
I highly recommend “Drink Up” to one and all and if you got an appetite for more, then go to: http://erichughesband.com/home.cfm