Title - 'Hell Cat Stomp' (Rock-A-Billy Records)
Artist - Danny B. Harvey & Mysti Moon
Inspired by old time singers from the blues, jazz and country music fields, Hell Cat Stomp is a prime example of how something thought long since dead can be easily resurrected - and in such great style. Rockabilly guitarist, Danny B. Harvey together with former Devil’s Daughter Mysti Moon have collectively brought forth a brand new set of recordings that once you hear all 12 you will truly think you must have heard them back in the day - they are all just that good!
All of these six-string recordings are quite like nothing you believed could sound so fresh, so poignant in today's teen pop saturated market. Classic old school tracks such as 'Black Betty,' 'When the Levee Breaks' (originally recorded by the blues musical duo Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie), and 'House Of The Rising Sun' are brought loving to the fore alongside high class originals such as '(This Train Is Going) Straight To Hell,’ ‘Shake It Down,’ and the title track.
Indeed, cuts like 'I'm Wild About That Thing,’ ‘Hard Moon Boogie’ and the American folksong of anonymous origin, 'St. James Infirmary Blues,' are all completely enhanced, taken to another level, by the sultry, devilishly seductive vocals of Mysti Moon. The former Devil’s Daughter, together with the on-fire guitar work from Harvey, ensure that Hell Cat Stomp stays on track every lick of the way to the great era that they are obviously honoring.
Indeed, Harvey has stated that this music stays true to the very beginning of modern music, long before Rock ‘n’ Roll existed, and you can’t argue with him, trust me. With Mysti alongside him as the perfect collaborator, even late 1920's reworkings of Bessie Smith's ‘I'm Wild About That Thing' and 'Send Me To the 'Lectric Chair' sound as if they were written just last week!
Others such as Blind Lemon's 'See That My Grave is Kept Clean' and ‘That’s It, That’s All’ are all also played to the loving max, sung (and played) with their collective hearts on their sweat-ridden sleeves. This is music to be proud of, whether you are the artists or whether you chose to purchase this CD on a whim!
Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk