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West Side Guitar Hero. Fedora FCD 5022. Fresno 2002

Jimmy Dawkins- vocals/guitar; Frank Goldwasser- guitar; John Suhr- organ; Henry Oden- bass; Chris Millar- drums.

1. Alley Mae (7.25)
2. Jammin' Gitar (4.08)
3. Go On Baby 6.40)
4. I'm What U Need (4.47)
5. Sweet Li'l Mama (6.33)
6. Everybody's Jumping (5.52)
7. Dollar Head Woman (4.59)
8. Wess Cide Rock (4.45)
9. Shee Leff Me (5.03)
11. So Wurrid (3.04)
12. U Made Me Luv U (4.28)

 Montreux Blues Festival

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Review (+++)

Me, My Guitar and the Blues was released in 1997. Ever since that album there has been rumours of a new album. I heard from Jimmy himself he had one more on his Ichiban-deal, and then the word was that the new album would be full of surprises. After Jimmy had played some gigs with ZZ Top and other famous rock/blues acts I feared Jimmy would do a "Buddy Guy"; invite rockstars to sell more. And now, the new cd is finally out. Fedora has a good reputation in producing both inspired and well sounded albums, and this cd is no exception. Recorded in Fresno in late October 2001 with for me totally unknown band members, now I found out that Frank Goldwasser is more known under the name Paris Slim and have played with all the blues stars on the West Coast. The drummer Chris Millar is also quite known, in an interview on the Internet he is recognized as California´s Blues Ambassador, read it at http://www.lineonline.org/fresblues.html .

The band is solid, It´s not blues bordering to rock as was the case on the Ichiban/Wild Dog recordings, I especially enjoy Goldwasser´s smooth and clean guitar which reminds me of some of the best rhythmguitarists from around 1980. But I´m not entirely happy with the backup. They never get in Jimmy´s way. They give perfect support and follows Jimmy´s every intentions as close as if they where his shadows. I´d preferred if they had dared to push Jimmy more. If Frank had turned his amp to eleven and played a solo when Jimmy had thought to take one. I like when Jimmy is pushed, when he´s challenged. His guitar, if not with as distorted tone as on Wild Dog, is the disturbing factor, but without a band who is kicking Jimmy´s balls, pardon the expression, it just at most times stays at the good level and rarely gives you the featherly chill along your spine which makes you forget time and space and which for me is the quintessence of listening to Dawkins. But these magic parts is here and on track 5 and 6 everything comes together.

There is also a serious West Side feeling on this album. The title is not misleading!


Tommy Jansson