Can You Deal With It? by Andre Williams and the New Orleans Hellhounds

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Jul 262008
 


On his CD, Can You Deal With It?, Chicago bluesman Andre Williams teams up with one of the sketchiest bar bands around, the New Orleans Hellhounds to crank out the best punk-blues I’ve heard in a good long while. In the spirit of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Andre and the Hellhounds take some basic blues riffs, tear them up, stomp on them, and throw them across the room and the stitch together what’s left into a cathartic mess of blues. And sometimes that’s exactly what you need to hear. Highlight tracks for me include “Can You Deal With It?,” “Never Had A Problem,” “Rosalie,” and “If It Wasn’t For You.”