Singing drummer Big Joe Maher was a semi-legend around the Washington, D.C. area for a number of years, playing swing music long before it came into fashion and putting it across with style and grace. On his third album, his first for the fledgling Severn label, he is surrounded by his regular working band, all grizzled veterans of the Washington, D.C. bar scene, and a selection of guest stars. Most notably, Mark Kazanoff is on seven of the tracks and country picker Lee Roy Parnell, who contributes some incendiary slide guitar on "How Come People Act Like That." The album also functions as a tribute of sorts to Dave Bartholomew and Smiley Lewis with great versions of "One Night of Sin," "Playgirl," "Bad Luck Blues," and "Gumbo Blues" aboard. Maher's vocals are every bit as in the pocket as his drumming and both swing mightily.
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AllMusic Review by Cub Koda