REVIEW: Step into some Big Shoes with this album

April 25. 2018 1:15PM
Big Shoes is a seven-piece outfit that includes a couple of players who have performed with Bonnie Raitt’s band. 

BIG SHOES Step On It! (Biglittle Records)

In this age of autotuned dance pop, it’s refreshing to here a bunch of journeymen musicians from Nashville and Muscle Shoals digging into blues and roots with real live instruments and vocals that haven’t been computer-corrected for perfect pitch.

Big Shoes, a seven-piece band, features guitarist Will McFarlane and keyboard player Mark T. Jordan, who at different times performed as members of Bonnie Raitt’s band. The rest of the players have credits that include work with Van Morrison, Delbert McClinton, Etta James, Taj Mahal and Bobby “Blue” Bland.

Those influences — and the great taste they suggest — show their colors throughout the 11 original tunes on “Step On It!.” Produced by drummer Andy Peake, the album includes the tongue-in-cheek bar blues of “Duplex Blues,” the blue-eyed soul of “The Last One to Leave,” and the New Orleans second-line rhythm of “Don’t You Do Me That Way,” all featuring lead singer and guitarist Rick Huckaby. Jordan’s solo piano instrumental, “Dixie Melody,” serves as an intro to “Walked Out the Front Door,” a song that recalls Little Feat. Big Shoes fit nicely here.

MIKE COTE/NEW HAMPSHIRE UNION LEADER


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