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