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CD Review
Paul Filipowicz - Rough Neck Blues Live!

Paul Filipowicz

Rough Neck Blues Live!
Record Label: Big Jake Records
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Review by Laura Sorensen
February 2016

Over thirty years of fronting a band, Paul Filipowicz knows how to sing the blues. Recorded live at the Knuckle Down Saloon in Madison, WI this live version CD combines heartfelt blues and swing music with interludes of rock instrumentals. Down and out lyrics such as “Life is a crapshoot” (Gambling Woman) and “Most dogs eat better than I do” (Most Dogs) reflect a more traditional true blues sound and attitude. “Most Dogs” uses a strong, steady toe tapping drum beat throughout the performance .  Then break out your dancing shoes and prepare to swing your partner to the snappy track “Junk In The Trunk” with an upbeat Boogie-woogie style broken up with more contemporary rock interludes. No matter what you’re looking for, you will experience a multitude of variations of blues tracks as you absorb the sometimes raspy, often gravelly vocals of Paul.  The four piece band utilizes a combination of instruments ranging from the obvious electric guitars and drum ensemble to a traditional blues instrument in the harmonica and a more unique inclusion of a harp. The final track ends on a jazzy note with extensive use of the harmonica and sums up the whole theme very appropriately with the track “’Where The Blues Comes From.”

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