This sounds like a glorious throwback to the salad days of the Muscle Shoals, AL, R&B hit factory of the 1960s, where Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin cut some of their most memorable songs. Eddie Hinton had already earned an estimable reputation as a session guitarist by the time he finally got to step up to the mic as a solo artist, where he is backed by the always-expert Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, as his strong and wiry guitar runs fit the group's emphatic support like a glove.
While not as bombastic as some of Smith's other recordings, Bucket! (don't forget the exclamation point!) is still a solid collection of organ-based grooves. The driving title track and meandering "3 for 4" (in 3/4 time, naturally) serve as highlights, and are offset by a nocturnal and sparse version of "Come Rain or Come Shine."