Title - 'The Hard Stuff' (Eagle Records)
Artist - George Thorogood
What I like about George Thorogood is his attitude. It is what I always liked about early Rolling Stones. It is how blues should be played. Black and dirty. I've heard people try and compare him to the likes of Jimmy Page. But that's not what George Thorogood is all about. He's about women, beer, baseball, music, and more than anything, just plain fun! George has led his band The Destroyers to the very pinnacle of the blues pyramid spawning such classic tracks as "Bad To The Bone", "I Drink Alone", "Get A Haircut" and "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" among others. With enough diversity to keep it interesting, The Hard Stuff proves the typically dependable Thorogood still has plenty of gas left in the tank to keep his cylinders firing. This new album sees him honing his talent even further on new self-penned tracks such as "The Hard Stuff" and "Any Town USA", and a selection of classic covers such as John Lee Hooker’s "Huckle Up Baby" and Fats Domino’s "Hello Josephine", all given the unmistakeable Thorogood treatment. George Thorogood is the quintessential American blues-rock guitarist. In a career that spans more than three decades, the guitarist and his band have yet again churned out another rollicking set of tunes with as much enthusiasm and fire as someone with half his 56 years. In a world where rockers like to whine about their personal problems and how confusing the world is, you can depend on Thorogood to do anything but. He straps on a guitar, name drops Jack Daniels "and his partner Jimmy Beam," and lets the world into his life one struck chord at a time.