North Mississippi All-Stars

Shake Hands with Shorty

by Steve Lichtenstein

 

Still, songs like the military march of “Station Blues,” and the kinetic, Black Crowes ferocity of “Shake ‘Em on Down,” get under your skin and into the rootsy blues closet you have reserved somewhere. And for the most part, the album maintains the feel of the Allman Brothers and other blues-rock standards.

Shake Hands With Shorty is by no means disappointing, or undeserving of the considerable amount of hype the album, and the young band are getting. It rocks and stirs as much as you could ask for, and rejuvenates a music style largely ignored today, both by the general listening public and by up and coming musicians. But if only there were more “Wire in the Mountains” and “End of the Devils”...

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North Mississippi Allstars

Shake Hands with Shorty

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