Jane Lee Hooker: No B! Review

Ladies and gentlemen, scoot over, there is something fiery in the world of blues, bursting into flames, and sooner or later we’ll all be catching. But do not be fooled, JLH know their way around the field, from the drums to the vocals, it is all quality that only years of experience can provide. Not only does Jane Lee Hooker take on classics, they’ve been influenced by the greatest in Blues and with its debut album, the band flaunts it hitting all the right notes. A badass punk rock sound, with the smoothness of blues, the five member group has it all, bringing an old school vibe that is nothing but refreshing for the blues rock scene. These New Yorkers are making noise, and it will just get louder, hence the ! in No B! 

Jane Lee Hooker takes on classics like “Mannish Boy” by Muddy Waters, one of its biggest influences, while staying loyal to the original version. The group’s style is still palpable; just the same when it comes to her its take on traditional songs. “Wade in the Water” was given a killer guitar riff halfway through, and “Didn’t it Rain” has a very particular sound, the old and the new mixed and matched.

A song or two might go without notice, it wouldn’t be the case of “Mean Town Blues,” though, the Johnny Winters’ classic has memorable drum action since the beginning till the end. There is emotion and harmonized jamming, classics turned less conventional, and A+ performances. The final result is an album that’d have John Lee Hooker himself nodding in approval.

The review 8.5/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Wade in the Water
– Mean Town Blues
– In the Valley
– Didn’t it Rain
– Mannish Boy

The Big Hit

– In the Valley

Review by Sofia Avila

Buy the album: Amazon

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