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Thursday, 5 July 2012

Record Review - Left Lane Cruiser & James Leg

If Robert Johnson took a midnight stroll to meet the devil at the crossroads and exchange his soul for the blues, this collaboration between punk-blues label-mates Left Lane Cruiser and James Leg sounds like they've got a direct line to the fiery pits of hell. 

As Leg, one half of The Black Diamond Heavies, growls at the moon, Frederick ‘Joe’ Evans IV accompanies him with a feverish slide-guitar squall, while drummer Brenn ‘Sausage Paw’ Breck pounds out a relentless, jackhammer beat. With producer Jim Diamond sitting in on bass and 66-year-old bluesman Harmonica Shah guesting on harp, Painkillers doesn't so much breathe life into as provide electric shock treatment for the 10 covers collected here, including an excellent brooding psych-blues rendition of Bob Seger's 'Come To Poppa', Jimi Hendrix's 'If 6 Was 9', both with Leg on organ, and Robert Johnson's 'Ramblin' On My Mind'. 

Alan Brown

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