The Red Stick Ramblers – Right Key, Wrong Keyhole (Memphis International)

by | Jun 2, 2005 | Pop/Rock/World CD Reviews | 0 comments

The Red Stick Ramblers – Right Key, Wrong Keyhole; Memphis International Records DOT 0211 ***1/2: 

I liked this disc from the beginning of the first song.  Whenever
you see a fiddle as the primary instrument in a band you might get
preconceptions about the sound and style of the music.  Although
there is a big country influence, the Ramblers make music that is more
of a combination of swing, blues, and rock and roll.  The first
track is a jump blues swingin’ tune that is a real standout.  The
tracks are all danceable—both the slower and the upbeat songs. 
Some of the sound is reminiscent of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy while others
have a Cajun/New Orleans-style sound.  The third track is like a
southern waltz with the vocals in French.  The fifth track shifts
back to a hard rockin’ blues number even though the vocals belie their
country origin.  The instrumentation on this disc is great and the
music is solid.  If you want to sample the flavor of the music
played down south (and I’m not talking about that lame, soft, whiny
stuff on the radio), then check this disc out. 

included are:  That’s What I Like About The South; It Ain’t Right;
La Valse de Chaoui; It’s Too Late; It’s Hard To Love Someone; Sweet
& Slow; My Ramblin’ Heart; Sentimental; You’ve Got The Right Key,
But The Wrong Keyhole; Closing Time Blues; Grand Texas; The Devil With
The Devil.

-Brian Bloom

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