1 - Thanks for MakingMe A Star
2 - Something Inside Of Me
3 - The Man From Mars
4 - 44 Blues
5 - Louise
6 - Too Drunk To Drive
7 - You Don't ThinkWhat I Think
8 - Black Widow
9 - Just Like A Mountain
10 - Don't Want To TangleWith Me
11 - Doctor Blues
12 - Easy Baby
EB Rating - 4.5
Smokey Wilson may be based in Southern California, but the music on
The Man From Mars sounds as though it was perfected at an interstate
rest stop mid-way between the Mississippi Delta and Chicago, jamming with musicians traveling to and
from those two blues meccas. His guitar playing is stinging, and electric...very electric, his vocals
are raw & coarse, and both are meant to be heard loud. Smokey's lyrics are uncomplicated and direct,
emphasizing the simple pain and pleasure of life.
This is the most "electric blues focused" CD I've come across. You'll find no soul balads, no rock-blues, no
blues-boogie. Just straight ahead blues. Slow blues standards include
Louise, Black Widow, and Doctor Blues.
Songs like Too Drunk To Drive, You Don't Drink What I Drink, and
Don't Want To Tangle With Me are more upbeat, but still firmly
rooted in pure blues.
This CD's consistency in delivering raw blues is unrelenting. The only negative aspect of this
this CD is that the horn arrangements sometimes become somewhat overwhelming and repetitive.
Overall, though, this CD is loaded with good music.