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Music Review: Aaron Williams and The Hoodoo – 10:49

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Aaron Williams and The Hoodoo have released their second CD, 10:49. This CD will convince you that they do, indeed, possess some blues magic.

Williams has a strong bluesy voice and phenomenal guitar talent. The cigar box slide he plays on a number of songs throughout the CD adds real authenticity and blues style to the music. The other two members of The Hoodoo, “Z” on bass and Eric Shackelford on drums, keep the rhythm moving and the beat pulsating throughout a variety of blues styles, from delta to swamp blues rock, as well as urban funk. The band has a surprisingly strong sound for a trio.

“Boom Boom” starts the CD off with a bang. It’s a great blues romp that features that fantastic cigar box slide from Williams.

“10:49” is a poignant acoustic song dedicated to Williams’ father Cadillac Joe Andersen, which deals with the last hours he spent with him. It is a duet between Williams and guest artist Ken Olufs, who adds some very tasty harmonica.

Another standout song is “My Turn,” on which the group is joined by Jimmy Voegeli, whose Hammond Organ really makes the song. Voegeli also plays piano on several songs, including “Let Me Love You,” that features that awesome slide from Williams again.

Aaron Williams and The Hoodoo are energetic, talented, and will have you up and moving your feet. They are an authentic blues rock band who are building a reputation as hard-working and hard-touring, and the CD will make you want to seek them out to hear them live.

Give 10:49 a listen. It’s an enjoyable recording for any blues and roots rock fan. Williams and The Hoodoo have won a lot of critical acclaim and built a strong fan base and they should keep garnering more and more national attention in the near future.

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About Rhetta Akamatsu

I am an author of non-fiction books and an online journalist. My books include Haunted Marietta, The Irish Slaves, T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do: Blues Women Past and Present, Southern Crossroads: Georgia Bluesand Sex Sells: Women in Photography and Film.
  • Geoff Wilbourn

    Nice review ! !

  • Thanks so much for this great review! If anyone in metro Atlanta is interested in seeing the band after this great review, you can see them on Friday, November 3 at North River Tavern. The show starts at 9:30 and it’s free. 21+ only.