Holland recently issued a new CD, No Fluff, Just the Stuff (E Natchel Records) that was crowd-funded on Kickstarter (and I was one of his many Kickstarter supporters). As given his band’s name, and the album title, this is a release of straight blues with no hard rock fluff or filler. On No Fluff, Just the Stuff, Holland & the Shuffle Kings are joined on a few tracks by the great John Primer on guitar and pianist Marty Sammons.
|Tom Halland at 2008 New Olreans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Photo © Ron Weinstock|
Outstanding tracks include the Muddy Waters styled Hurry Up & Wait, with fine slide guitar; the peppy Shuffle King Boogie, with Primer and him each taking taut solos (and nice interplay between the two); and a nice long slow blues, Hardest Part of Loving You, with Sammons terrific here supporting Holland. The title track is a crisply played instrumental that ends this entertaining recording on an upbeat note.
As mentioned, I was kickstarter supporter of this recording. Tom Holland’s website is http://tomhollandshufflekings.com/ and it is available from cdbaby, http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/tomhollandtheshuffleking.
Here is a video of Tom Holland & the Shuffle Kings in performance.