BOOGIE THE HOUSE DOWN JUKE JOINT STYLE - The Juke Joint Pimps (Voodoo Rhythm)
There's always a chance that someone somewhere on the planet will think this blues shit is new. If so, that person is probably lining up for a starring role in another re-make of "My Favorite Martian." The Juke Joint Pimps on the other hand know they're mining an old seam, so that's why it's hard to fathom how they can trot out standards like "Dust My Broom" and "Rollin' And Tumblin' " so faithfully.
(Yet another) blues duo, this time from Cologne in Germany, the Pimps do what they do very well. Stand-up drummer Mighty Mike is something of a veteran apparently, going around with a respected band called the Silvertones in his home country for 20 years, while his guitarist T-Man plays like a well-seasoned traveler. It's a question of "What" so much as "Why?"
This isn't a covers album but at times feels like one. The thinly-disguised cop of the Stones' "Hip Shake" (re-heated as "Dick Shake") can't hide the fact that The Juke Joint Pimps don't have many ideas of their own.
There's no doubt listening to these guys over a few beers would be an enjoyable afternoon and the album is a good Saturday morning wake-up call, not demanding much as the first two cups of coffee kick in. But the interpretations of other people's songs in the public domain are straight-ahead with little in the way of originality.
Like "My Favorite Martian" the blues were better the first time around. - The Barman
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