Servin' It Up!

Blue Plate Specials

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Servin' It Up! Review

by Mark Deming

Veteran Philadelphia blues band the Blue Plate Specials show off their own hot-rodded style of roadhouse boogie on their first album for Lanark Records. Familiar to Philly blues fans for their longstanding residency at Jimmie Mack's Gin 'n' Juke, Servin' It Up! finds the Blue Plate Specials mixing up classic jump blues and vintage Chicago blues sounds, delivering a horn-infused attack that's suitable for both dancing and drinking. Featuring tunes like "Whiskey Costs Money," "Heartache and Cigarettes," "I Need a Car," and "Blue Plate Boogie," Servin' It Up! documents the Blue Plate Specials' live sound with hip-shaking accuracy and a powerful sense of good, not-too-clean fun.

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