CD – Halfway Between Somewhere and
The Hellhounds start out not like a dog but
like a bat out of hell, and keep going at the same pace. They
play so fast, you would think this was a punk band if not for
Vince Flora’s harp.
After the first speedy track, ‘Downtown”,
“On the Run” starts with the sound of a motorcycle, if you
didn’t pick up the idea of speed from the music. Guitarist
Johnny Beemiller and the rhythm section of Ron Rummage on bass
and Steve Potts on drums sound like they are playing John Lee
Hooker boogie as fast as is humanly possible.
They do slow down a bit on “Smoke That Stuff”, where they
say they “don’t smoke that stuff”. Probably not, it would mellow
them out. “Everything” is actually a countryish ballad. But that
is just a break, as slide guitar announces the hard driving
vocals of “Gwendolyn Brown”.
The CD ends with its tenth track, “Deltaville”, a Country
rock story song. This one is also more slowly paced.
If you like hotter than hell blues, The Hellhounds are a
band in the right place for you.
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- Dave Howell