New Orleans bluesman Coco Robicheaux lays down some tracks that are good for both listening and dancing on his 2000 CD release Hoo Doo Party.
This is New Orleans party music at its best. Offbeat Magazine's choice for Best Bluesman of 1998 plays his guitar with typical verve, while his gritty vocals tell the story of the blues on self-penned tunes as well as on some blues classics.
Robicheaux is joined on the recording by Skip Easterling on organ and vocals, Pat Ramsey on harmonica, Steve Howell on drums, Earl Stanley on bass, Dave Easleyon pedal steel, and Rick Allen on organ, piano, and keyboards. Irene Sage adds her smoky voice to that of her musical colleague, Robicheaux, for a heady brew of hoodoo blues, for which the city of New Orleans is known.
In perfect hoodoo style, Robicheaux begins casting a spell with the opening number, "Burn My Bones." With that thought in mind, things take off on the kind of atmospheric musical meandering that characterizes both the big easy and Robicheaux's personal style. Professor Longhair is invoked with "In the Wee, Wee Hours." Some of the many faces of love are touched upon in "Real Smooth Talker," "Li'l Black Hen,""Fair in Love," "Mean Ole Lady," and "The Grass Looks Greener." Standout selections include the humorous "Thrift Store Suit," "Decision Blues," as well as the title cut. By the time the CD is over, these practitioners of the musical arts have cast a spell on the listener that captures the seductive allure of a dark and mysterious night in the city of New Orleans.
|Burn My Bones||Coco Robicheaux feat: Rick Allen / Will Answorth / Dave Easley / Steve Howell / Pat Ramsey / Dave Renson / Smiley Ricks||3:47|
|Real Smooth Talker||Coco Robicheaux feat: Will Ainsworth / Rick Allen / Steve Howell / Pat Ramsey / Dave Renson||5:55|
|Li'l Black Hen||Coco Robicheaux feat: Will Ainsworth / Steve Howell / Pat Ramsey / Dave Renson||2:53|
|Fair in Love||Coco Robicheaux feat: Will Ainsworth / Rick Allen / Steve Howell / Dave Renson||4:31|
|Hoodoo Party / E. Thomas||Coco Robicheaux feat: Dave Easley / Steve Howell / Pat Ramsey / Dave Renson / Smiley Ricks / Earl Stanley||3:18|
|Thrift Store Suit||Coco Robicheaux||3:18|
|In the Wee, Wee Hours||Coco Robicheaux feat: Will Ainsworth / Dave Easley / Steve Howell / Pat Ramsey / Dave Renson||5:42|
|Mean Ol' Lady||Coco Robicheaux feat: Will Ainsworth / Dave Easley / Steve Howell / Dave Renson / Smiley Ricks||4:11|
|Decision Blues||Coco Robicheaux feat: Will Ainsworth / Steve Howell / Pat Ramsey / Dave Renson / Smiley Ricks||4:22|
|The Grass Looks Greener / Eddie Bocage||Coco Robicheaux feat: Will Ainsworth / Tommy Alfortish / Skip Easterling / Steve Howell / Dave Renson / Irene Sage||4:45|