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Paul Wood - With the recent passing of blues giant John Lee Hooker, there are now few of the true founding fathers left with us. Though the men who began and molded this great music have gone on to join the "choir invisible", each have left many disciples and former sidemen behind to carry on in their great tradition.

Among Hooker's many former associate axe slingers is the outstanding Memphis based blues/rocker Paul Wood. Wood, who recorded 3 albums with Hooker in the 70's, returns with his second solo CD "Blues Is My Business" which features 10 original and smoking tracks. The CD is a perfect example of the kind that we try to review for you at Bluesrockers:paul wood

excellent original material, strong backing players, well produced, enjoyable vocals, good from start to finish, and including the kind of stinging guitar that could peel the barnacles off of the hull of a sunken pirate ship.

Wood's style is in the Walter Trout/Jimmy Thackery/Coco Montoya vein, which means that it is both powerfully intense while at the same time retaining a gentle beauty. "Blame It On The Whiskey" demonstates this as well as any other track on the set. And, this is music from Memphis, so you know there will also be well played horns backing the band. "Everything Dies But The Blues" features both acoustic and electric slide, along with Wood's signature blues/rocking electric leads. There is an acoustic Delta blues offering "The Mojo Man", which also includes some tasty harp notes to augment Wood's acoustic slide. Track after track is excellent but more than that, the entire recording is just plain enjoyable. I suppose Woods sums up his own work best with the lyrics of his blistering title track, when he sings "I'm open for business in your neighborhood. Blues is my business, and business is good".

And very good it is, indeed, and worthy of your hard earned dollar. The CD is available from my favorite folks at www.cdbaby.com. Be sure also to visit the official Paul Wood web site at www.paul-wood.com.

The Band:
Paul Wood-Vocals and Lead Guitar
Jack Holder-Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Dave Smith-Bass Guitar
Steve Potts-Drums
Al Gamble-Hammond B-3
Jim Spake-Tenor and Baritone Saxophones
Lyn Jones-Harmonica
Steve Mergen-Percussion
Reba Russell-Background Vocals

Tracks:
1. She Don't Play By The Rules 2. Blues Guitar 3. Cryin' Won't Help Ya 4. Blues Is My Business 5. Blame It On The Whiskey 6. Seventh Day 7. Another Day 8. Everything Dies But The Blues 9. Don't Call Me 10. The Mojo Man

2001 Lucy Records