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6/4/2018 6:21:24 PM
  CD Review: Downchild "Can You Hear The Music"
By SKeon
   


Downchild

Can You Hear The Music -  Linus

Reviewed by Cecil Davis

Halfway into their fifth decade Downchild keeps setting the standards high in this, their 17th release.  For the past fifteen years no band members have left or been added to this fine collection of blues musicians.  Mr. Downchild, aka Donnie Walsh, wrote eight of the eleven tunes.  Excellent on both guitar and harmonica, Mr. Walsh also dons his producer cap here.  The other band members are vocalist Chuck Jackson, Pat Carey on tenor sax, drummer Mike Fitzpatrick, bassist Gary Kendall, and Michael Fonfara on piano and organ.  Walsh calls them the best musicians I’ve ever played with.  No argument here!

 
The title cut gets the party swingin’ – check with your doctor if you’re not toe-tappin’ from its first note.  Keep those dancing shoes on for I’m Always Here For You, which could easily have been written in the fifties, and probably would have charted back then too.  One of blues’ recurring themes is covered quite nicely in I Need A Woman. The upfront piano and horns are terrific on Fasten Your Seatbelt, which is aptly titled! 

 

Fonfara’s organ and Walsh’s harp lend the sultriness needed in telling the story of The Mississippi Queen, a tattooed loving machine.  One In A Million, the gospel-ly blues number, is actually my favorite here.  Just couldn’t get enough of that guitar riff.  Destined to become a classic!  Don’t Wait Up For Me blames a full moon as the reason for the title’s statement.  Been there too many times to count!  Having  plenty of experience just means that one is Worn In, and not necessarily Worn Out.  The infectious instrumental Scattered, featuring Donnie on harp, closes out a great CD.     


Downchild

Can You Hear The Music -  Linus

Reviewed by Cecil Davis

Halfway into their fifth decade Downchild keeps setting the standards high in this, their 17th release.  For the past fifteen years no band members have left or been added to this fine collection of blues musicians.  Mr. Downchild, aka Donnie Walsh, wrote eight of the eleven tunes.  Excellent on both guitar and harmonica, Mr. Walsh also dons his producer cap here.  The other band members are vocalist Chuck Jackson, Pat Carey on tenor sax, drummer Mike Fitzpatrick, bassist Gary Kendall, and Michael Fonfara on piano and organ.  Walsh calls them the best musicians I’ve ever played with.  No argument here!

 
The title cut gets the party swingin’ – check with your doctor if you’re not toe-tappin’ from its first note.  Keep those dancing shoes on for I’m Always Here For You, which could easily have been written in the fifties, and probably would have charted back then too.  One of blues’ recurring themes is covered quite nicely in I Need A Woman. The upfront piano and horns are terrific on Fasten Your Seatbelt, which is aptly titled! 

 

Fonfara’s organ and Walsh’s harp lend the sultriness needed in telling the story of The Mississippi Queen, a tattooed loving machine.  One In A Million, the gospel-ly blues number, is actually my favorite here.  Just couldn’t get enough of that guitar riff.  Destined to become a classic!  Don’t Wait Up For Me blames a full moon as the reason for the title’s statement.  Been there too many times to count!  Having  plenty of experience just means that one is Worn In, and not necessarily Worn Out.  The infectious instrumental Scattered, featuring Donnie on harp, closes out a great CD.