East Coast Blues

Live Performance At WPKN

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For their debut opus, this young and fresh (the harmonica player was 16 years old at the time of this recording!) Connecticut blues band do a cassette-only radio air check release of their appearance on station WPKN in Bridgeport on June 28, 1997. Kicking off with a pile-driving "Freight Train Blues," athe band tears into Willie Cobb's "You Don't Love Me." Guitarist/singer Dino Pelletier gives Albert King's "I'll Play the Blues for You" an equally torrid transformation, and both sides of Little Walter's first Chess single -- "Juke" and "Can't Hold Out Much Longer" -- are given similar treatment. Otis Rush's "All Your Love," a rocked-up treatment of Muddy's "Louisiana Blues," Freddie King's "The Stumble," Bobby Bland's "Farther Up the Road" and Wilbert Harrison's (via Canned Heat) "Let's Work Together" close the performance. While the group doesn't get every note perfectly in place, there's just simply too much good feeling and energy poured into these versions for it to matter much. Unfortunately, there's no interview at the end of this to identify exactly who plays what, but this is an independent tape worthy of wider release.