Mary's Place Bar


The Wabash Cannonballs

When Robert Johnson sang about the crossroads, I doubt very much he was talking about the six corners of Damen, Lincoln & Irving Park Road. But that is the exact kind of blues you should expect to hear The Wabash Cannonballs belt out in a heated seasoned "YA-HOO!!". Like the "new" Maxwell Street is located along a thin stretch of mind, somewhere in-between North Center & Lincoln Square. Down home, juke joint, post war, electric, party blues is the sound they embody. Like their founding fathers; Robert Nighthawk, Elmore James, Hound Dog Taylor & of course Chicago's favorite sons, The Blues Brothers. With a stoned rhythm of thunder portrayed by Tom Foolery on bass guitar & Jonny 2 Sox on drums, which can, at times, be eerily reminiscent of The Who, their gutter noise is capped off by the franticly sonic, breakneck wail, spit through a harmonica held tightly in the grip of Englishman "Shakey" Ben Ruth only to be tenderly intertwined with the electro-shock, bottleneck slide guitar & Jagermeister howl from the poet laureate of Ashland Ave. himself, Gary Camaro. Digging deep into the misfortunes of the true musicians that created this genre, The Cannonballs exploit the very essence of the self destruction that only seems to follow the awarness of the song itself. Holding nothing back but a very expensive bar tab, they set upon a rampage of the nitty-gritty moan that the blues embrace. It's quite shocking, actually.

Free MP3: Ain't Superstitious

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