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Willie and the
"Live at the Mohawk
|By Bob Silvestri
The saying goes that good things
come to those who wait and in the case of the first CD from Willie
and the Reinhardt’s titled “LIVE AT THE MOHAWK
PLACE’ the wait is worth it. Up until now the only way
to enjoy this band was to see them live or to have been lucky to come across
some of the bootleg tapes that have floated around town. Now everyone can
marvel at one of Buffalo’s best blues bands.
Choosing to record the CD live and at the Mohawk Place is almost a no brainer
as the band’s 6:30 Friday gigs there have become one of the best ways to
start the weekend. After more than ten years together as a band the Mohawk
has become a home to them. Having friends present and the comfortable feel
of the club add to the performance.
At just over an hour long the cd is a mix of originals, standards and some
blues chestnuts as only Willie and the Reinhardt’s can do. Willie
Haddath’s guitar work is crisp and the awesome rhythm section of
brother’s Ted (drums) and Tom (bass) Reinhardt
come thru loud and clear without overpowering. Highlights include Willie
doing some low-down vocals on the Muddy Waters song
“Sweet Sugar” and a great workout of the Tom Reinhardt song
Nothin’ Comes Easy” as Willie shows great tone control and blistering
fretwork. Also of note are “So Sorry Now”and
a nice run through of “Key To The Highway”.
Tales of cheating women and life’s hard times never sounded so good. This
is the perfect cd for all of your upcoming summer pool and bar-b-que parties.
So do yourself (and the band) a favor and grab yourself a copy of Willie
and the Reinhardt’s “LIVE AT THE MOHAWK PLACE”.
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