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Charles “Big Daddy” Stallings - Blues Party
Tai Jeria Record Company
19 tracks; 79:57 minutes; Suggested
Styles: Traditional Blues, Contemporary Blues, Soul-blues, Funk, Swing, Latin
If you want
a shot of Whiskey, you gotta go to the still.
I have been reviewing CDs for twelve years, and trust me, nobody writes lyrics, generates more fun, and creates songs like Charles “Big Daddy” Stallings! His witty and devilish sense of humor is a big part of the party. For example, sample these lines from his first two albums:
* “She’s 4
feet tall, 4 feet wide, and she weighs 400 pounds!” “She keep your
refrigerator full of food/ in case she get in a snacking mood.” from
“4x4 Woman” 2004
Now, Stallings continues the good times by releasing his third album, “Blues Party” with salacious sounding titles like, “Horny Bee” and “Knocked Up.” I won’t spoil the lyrical surprises that await.
Although this is a studio production, Big Daddy presents it as though it is live. Before the full band tears into the pumping title track, “Blues Party,” the first words heard are, “Ladies and gentlemen, I am Charles “Big Daddy” Stallings, and I approve these Blues. ...enough music [79:57] for two CDs. Join me now as we...get ready for a Blues Party. C’mon!”
The CD is loaded with Stalling’s patented rhythm and sounds utilizing a mix of horns, bass-drums-percussion, guitar, piano and harp. There is plenty of the variety that has made Big Daddy famous:
Traditional Blues: try “Down on the Farm” with Stallings on lead guitar
and his rich, baritone vocals plus co-lead harp (Mark Wenner) backed by
only bass (Gail Parrish) and drums (Russell Hayward II). Hell, who even
writes AAB rhyme scheme in a 12 bar Blues anymore? It demonstrates that,
among his various styles, Stallings’ rural upbringing in North Carolina
deeply embedded his Blues.
Jacky Harriston takes a tasty organ solo midway through this dance inducer. Another great instrumental is “The Lucky Number.”
Slow Blues: “She’s Gone” is a slow Blues that caused one WKCC listener to call for a re-play. Another is the humorous “Old Folks” about the sex drive living on into old age.
Chicago Blues: “Doggone Shame” is a jumping number about curbing cursing. “Don’t start cursing and all that jive – count to five!” For some Soul: “In Love By Yourself” finds Stallings channeling his finest Barry White.
Funk: “James” is a terrific nod to the late James Brown while “Old Dog” is a lament to younger days of chasing tail. “Blues in your Funk” gives bassist Ronald Bland the chance to shine as he funks it up.
All musicians are equally unique. It is just that Charles “Big Daddy” Stallings is more unique that most. That is a good thing! Pop this album in the player, and it’s 80 minutes of Blues Party! C’mon.
Reviewer James "Skyy Dobro" Walker is a noted Blues writer, DJ, Master of Ceremonies, and longtime Blues Blast Magazine contributor. His weekly radio show "Friends of the Blues" can be heard Saturdays 8 pm - Midnight on WKCC 91.1 FM and at www.wkccradio.org in Kankakee, IL.
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