Blues Bytes


June 2019

Big Joe and the Dynaflows
Rockhouse Party
Severn Records

Big Joe

You can always depend on Big Joe and the Dynaflows to give you a high quality set of blues and R&B. It’s what drummer Big Joe Maher and the band have been doing since the late ’80s. Their latest release, Rockhouse Party (Severn Records) continues that streak with Maher and keyboardist Kevin McKendree being joined by an interesting cast, including three-time BMA bassist “Mookie” Brill, who also provides lead vocals on five tracks, and three outstanding guitarists –-- Robert Frahm, McKendree’s 16-year-old son Yates, and Erin Coburn, another teenage guitar slinger.

The album features 13 tracks, eight tasty covers of blues and R&B gems and five originals that fit seamlessly with the classics. Opening with a cool mid-tempo shuffle version of Roosevelt Sykes’ “Driving Wheel,” listeners get a healthy dose of Maher’s robust vocals and sparkling guitar from Frahm and young McKendree. Brill takes the mic for the next two tracks, Little Milton’s “So Mean To Me” and O.V. Wright’s “8 Men 4 Women,” and proves to be a talented and soulful singer. You’d never know this was his first recording as a vocalist.

Other covers include the New Orleans R&B jumper “Go On Fool,” Nappy Brown’s “If You Need Some Lovin’,” a torrid read of Fenton Robinson’s “Tennessee Woman,” Mack Self’s rockabilly romper “Vibrate,” and a wonderful slow burning take on Percy Mayfield’s “Two Years of Torture.”

Of the five originals, two are instrumentals. “Overdrive” is a fast-paced guitar workout for Frahm and the younger McKendree, and “Sleepy Joe” is a cool after-hours instrumental with nice guitar work from both and great B3 backing from Papa McKendree. Maher’s songwriting is always a highlight of any of their releases and he shines on the topical “World Gone Wrong,” the good-natured “Go With The Flow,” and “I’m A Country Boy,” a loping shuffle which features the teenagers on guitar.

Rockhouse Party is a typically enjoyable set from Big Joe and the Dynaflows, who are doing their best to make sure that this timeless music endures.

--- Graham Clarke




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