CD Review: Cletus Black 

Voodoo Shadow (self-released)


"Everyday is Friday," singer-guitarist Cletus Black bellows on the intro to this, his latest studio album. And that opening salvo sets the tone for the following 13 songs. A song like "Santa Rosa" swings a bit more than Black tunes of the past and the newfound swagger suits this veteran bluesman well. "Who Got the Monkey" has a bit of a zydeco flavor to it and sounds like Springsteen and the E Street band doing a Southern standard. "African Shoreline" has a bit of a Hendrix feel to it and "Femme Fatale" adopts a rockabilly vibe and sounds a bit like the late, great Warren Zevon. On tunes such as "Laundramatic" and "Bayou Brew," Black really loosens up and sounds like he's getting ready for a weekend of partying. Nice to hear that the old guy and his band, the Revue, have still got it.  — Jeff Niesel

Cletus Black and the Revue perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at the Winchester.



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