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Artist   Scott Bradbury

 

Publication   LIVING BLUES   
Date  Monday, February 20th, 2017  
Auther   Justin O'Brien
        
     SCOTT BRADBURY Callin' All Blues

Lifelong Chicagoan Scott Bradbury began playing blues harmonica and singing as a teen in the 60's and served a long apprenticship in Jimmy Rogers' touring band. For several decades he's nutured a style that showcases his fine grasp of Little Walter, James Cotton, Paul Butterfield, and especially Junior Wells, whose style he is almost singlehandedly keeping alive today. Most know him as the front man of the Bad Boys, a seasoned band of working-class muscians that over the years has included brother bassist Tim Bradbury, drummers Dean Haas and Mot Dutko, and guitarists Pete Crawford, Steve Freund, Mark Wydra, Danny Draher and Dave Clark. But for this, Bradbury's first release (aside from a 1970's era 45), producer and bassist Frank Bandy has chosen to back him with Guitarist Tre' Hardiman (son of guitarist L.V. Banks) and former Albert Collins and Buddy Guy drummer Marty Binder. This capable unit provides solid, straight-ahead support for the switch-it-on-and-go production aimed at inciting a Junior wells/ Buddy Guy vibe between the reliable and experienced Bradbury and young emerging talent Tre'. This combination works fairly well on the title track, Callin' All Blues (not the similary titled Junior Wells' recording), as Tre' trades flatpicked licks with Scotty's warbling and wailing harp. They likewise hit it on the Wells-flavored This Life Don't Last Forever and the rumba-powered Be Careful What You Wish For. Light Fuse Get Away, a fully realized instrumental a la Little Walter, features Bradbury's crisp, swinging harp phrases. Bradbury's relaxed unaffected vocals contribute to the success of songs like This Life, the mellow Things I Should, and Clybourn Avenue, a discourse on the gentrification of yet another Chicago neighborhood. Ten of the 11 mixed-tempo tracks are Bradbury origials, with Johnny Otis' Tramp-style Country Girl the only cover.

 



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