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REVIEW: The Nighthawks, 'Back Porch Party' (Ellersoul/City Hall Records) >>

When head Nighthawk Mark Wenner wraps his husky pipes around Ike Turner's "Matchbox" (not to be confused with the Carl Perkins song of the same name), it's a phlegm-fest. As lead singer and harmonicat of The Nighthawks since their inception in Washington DC, he knows picking the right cover is key. Therefore, as a follow-up to last year's blistering 444, this live-in-the-studio effort--no overdubs!--recorded in a Virginia studio with friends and family cheering them on, goes down easy. There's a rollicking good-timey vibe to their blues and Americana roots covers of Patsy Cline ("Walking After Midnight"), Muddy Waters ("Tiger In Your Tank" and "Rollin' Stone," the song some Brit band took their name from), plus that great theme to The Wire cop show, "Down In The Hole" (after previously co-opting the theme to The Sopranos "Woke Up This Morning.")

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