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Colin Dussault's Blues Project 

Live at the Main Street Café (Erica Records)

On his second album of the last year, the prolific Colin Dussault demonstrates his mastery of the modern American songbook, from Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" to a blues-harp rendition of the Andy Griffith Show theme. The six-man Project follows Dussault off the path, swerving into disco for his ribald original "Plastic, Fantastic, Inflatable, Dateable Girl," then country for the sendup "Sittin' at a Bar (Trailer Park Song)."

The band stretches out old favorites into smooth 12-minute jams that feel like they're over as soon as they start. Things slow down for an occasional slow dance, like the punchy take on "Sea of Love." But this is a hard-jamming squad that plays modern, happy bar music that you can dance to. Even Leonard Cohen's morose classic "Hallelujah" becomes a celebration, with Dussault blowing so hard, you'll feel winded.

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