Please donate to help save PopMatters. We are moving to WordPress in December out of necessity and need your help.
Music

Uncle Lightnin': Searching for Ted

David Maine

High-energy set would have been stronger if trimmed a little.


Uncle Lightnin'

Searching for Ted "The Cowboy" Eisenhower

Label: Snakedoctor
US release date: 2012-10-11
UK release date: 2012-10-11
Amazon
iTunes

Uncle Lightnin' are a hard-driving five-piece that run the gamut from guitar-heavy blues rock to oh-lonesome-me country to toe-tapping boogie-woogie to downtempo introspection. In general, the upbeat numbers work better, as on harmonica-screeching opener "Hollywood Blues" and the irresistible "My Sweet Girl", not to mention "Police Can't Find Me Now" with is strong echoes of ZZ Top’s "Lagrange". Some slower songs do well too, particularly the gospel-feedback stomp of "Judas". With sixteen songs, the album suffers from inevitable bloat toward the back third, and any number of tunes here aren't quite as clever as the band seems to think they are (I'm looking at you, "Designated Non-Driver"). A leaner album would have been a stronger one, but even so, there are plenty of moments here to enjoy for those inclined toward the country-blues-roots end of the musical spectrum.

6

Please Donate to Help Save PopMatters

PopMatters have been informed by our current technology provider that we have until December to move off their service. We are moving to WordPress and a new host, but we really need your help to fund the move and further development.


Music

Film


Books


Television




© 1999-2020 PopMatters Media, Inc. All rights reserved. PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.






Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews



Features
Collapse Expand Features

PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.