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'Cornbread'By Cornbread

Charles "Big Daddy" Stallings - One Night LoverCharles "Big Daddy" Stallings - One Night Lover
{2004 | B-Town Records}

Urban blues originals with a contemporary twist, 13-tracks by Baltimore guitarist-singer-songwriter, Charles "Big Daddy" Stallings. Stallings, the trucker-turned-music man presents the music world with his debut album, forty-years in the making.

I liked that it was a diverse mix of blues styles as well as some non-blues styles. There will have to be at least one song that will appeal to anybody. Now that's value for your CD dollar.

1. One Night Lover - big band piano swing with sweet supporting vocals, the highlight was Stallings singing.

2. I Got The Blu-Hoos - loads of harmonica over a bluesy Muddy Waters shuffle.

3. B-3 Blues - as you'd guess by the title it's an upbeat Hammond B-3 blues instrumental, and I liked it.

4. Gettin' Old - gruff vocals, some piano blues.

5. Swing - is a swingin' swing ditty with horns and a bit of funk.

6. 4x4 Woman - 6 and ½ minutes of slow burnin' harmonica blowin' blues. A killer song.

7. Sophisticated - cleaned up instrumental with dominant harmonica and jazzy piano playing.

8. Hobbsville Blues - over ten minutes of blues funk, just the way Cornbread likes it.

9. Funky Farm - funked up, very cool bass lines.

10. Soul Rock 'n Roll - more funk with guitar and horns.

11. She Devil - a fast paced piano track with a lot of bass. Oh yea!

12. The Rub - really more of a dance tune.

13. Thank You, Jesus - some gospel revival, even has baritone vocals.

Not an all blues CD, it was enjoyable though. My favorite tracks were I Got The Blu-Hoos, B-3 Blues, 4x4 Woman and She Devil. Rating: 3.57.

Ciao' for now, peace.


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