B'Man's Blues Review very pleased with Cougar CD (and I'm very pleased that he singles out Emily Duff's sax solo on All Your Fault, which is a pitch-perf ect example of sensitivity and taste....which, of course sets up my solo perfectly...I don't use those elements much!) Here's the whole thing:
I have been listening to the new release, Cougar Bait Blues, by the Wildcat O'Halloran Band. This recording has a little bit of something for everyone. First the band is fully loaded with 13 musicians playing drums, horns, guitars and vocals. The recording opens with Too Big To Cry So I Might As Well Laugh, a country rock style track twisted with humor. Bottled Bravery and Canned Courage is a real cool horn track right out of New Orleans. If You Won't Do What I Want gets the funk line going with solid vocals and a slick guitar solo for a very entertaining track. Magic Sam's All Your Fault takes a traditional blues line and the horns take the backseat to a more traditional stripped down blues sound. There are particularly nice sax and guitar solos on this track as well. The title track, Cougar Bait Blues, finds a two guitar solo exchange which is pretty tasty. Sam and Dave's Hold On, I'm Coming gets a more traditional blues/rock run (as opposed to the R&B treatment as original) turning to a fairly nice vocal duet and featuring some smart harp work. Better Luck Next Time finds another trip to New Orleans but this time with more of the NO R&B sound. The track does nicely feature the musicians including guitar and horns. Come In My Kitchen is done acoustically with guitar and vocal duet. A very nice rendition of thie Robert Johnson track. Redneck Woman hits the blues rock sound head on making for a cool crowd pleaser and an opportunity to get that harp back out front again. Daisy Dukes is another blues rock track featuring again some pretty nice guitar work and solid backing from the band. The final track, I Worship The Ground She Walks All Over Me On, again shows O'Halloran's sense of humor and ability to blend great musicianship with crafty lyrics.
This is an interesting recording and one that anyone who likes a variety of blues styles as well as humour in their blues should check out.