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article imageReview: Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo deliver with their 'blues and roll' Special

By Tim O'Brien     Aug 4, 2012 in Entertainment
Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo never fail to impress in concert, and a recent show in Sterling, IL, proved that. As they continue to tour, the band is rising in the musical ranks.
The "10:49" CD from Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo is the one that is turning more eyes, heads, and most importantly, ears their way.
This sophomore release puts the band in overdrive with its earth-shaking blues and rockabilly sounds.
Many have coined it "blues and roll" and that is correct. This mix will get them noticed with both the rock and blues crowd. So, why not throw in yourself to the pile and listen to this CD. It is worth it as it takes you on a blues journey. A journey that feels like you hopped on the train in Chicago, made a few stops along the way, before arriving in New Orleans. Oh yeah, all this sound from a trio based in Madison, Wisconsin.
From the first track, "Boom Boom" to the last one, "She's Good at What She Does" is flat out a musical lesson for those who venture into the field of blues and rock.
Add in a few guests and "10:49" makes their second release one of the best CDs released in any genre. Now, let's get more in the industry to latch on.
After just one listen of the CD, two potential single releases come to mind. The first, "Sick and Tired" will underscore why the term "blues and roll" is used. It feels as if Jerry Lee Lewis and Bill Haley and the Comets joined the recording session. The piano on "Sick and Tired" is from Jimmy Voegli. he also plays organ on some tracks. Another guest artist is Ken Olfus on harmonica and vocals on the title track, "10:49." This one has "Hoodoo" written all over it.
The other potential chart-grabber is "Red Headed Women." This seems to me to have mass appeal because of its lyrics and rock feel.
In between are great songs from "Devil's Playground" to "Tease Me, Please Me," centering on the smooth blues sound that will surely ignite a fire under some music executives, hopefully. Not to mention the George Thorogood feel of "Let Me Love You."
Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo are:
* Aaron Williams on electric box guitars and vocals
* Z on bass and vocals
* Eric Schakelford on drums and vocals
This trio makes up a band that we do not get to see and hear that often. The power, passion and the desire to play make them stand out. To see them live takes nothing away from that either. In fact, it enhances the experience.
Now, it's time to go back and listen again.
To hear and interview with Aaron Williams, head here.
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