Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Mike Wheeler, Self Made Man

Time for Mike Wheeler, soul blues bandleader, guitarist and strong singer. Self Made Man (Delmark 824) gives us the updated old-school of a hot, small combo (organ, bass, drums, a little harp and Wheeler's hip blues guitar) going through some good tunes written by the guys and a version of "Let Me Love You" of Willie Dixon provenance.

It will take you to the era when blues had soul--and it still does here, when Chicago was the place to be for the blues--and it still is.

Mike is strong in every way. There's nothing not to like. Is that clear enough? Listen to this one and you'll get there.

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