Let The Good Times Roll
Son of the legendary Robert Nighthawk, Sam Carr is in his seventh decade as a musician. Drummer for the Jelly Roll Kings, Sam Carr’s Delta Jukes is a continuation of the delta juke sound that he has always played. Fred James has just put together this disc comprised of outtakes from two prior albums and tracks from a sound check at the Lucerne Blues Festival.
Carr is joined here by James, Dave Riley (guitar and vocals), John Weston (harmonica and vocals) and Andrew ‘Shine’ Turner on some enjoyable performances. Riley (who has an excellent album with Bob Corritore) sounds fine with originals, a nice Jimmy Reed medley and an energetic take of Little Red Rooster. Weston sings and plays strongly on two originals and Turner gives a fresh take on Crawling King Snake. The weakest tracks are Carr’s two vocals with Big Boss Man being quite forgettable. Not a bad disc overall although the sound could have been be a bit brighter.
This review appeared in the June 2008 issue of Jazz & Blues Report (Issue 305) and I believe I received my review copy from that publication. Here is Dave Riley and Sam Carr in performance.