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Bobby Rush

REVIEW: Bobby Rush, 'Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History,' Omnivore Recordings >>

The 74 songs on the four CDs of Bobby Rush's first comprehensive career overview-in-a-box are sterling reminders that this man has sealed his place in blues and funk history without a whole hell of a lot of people knowing it. 'Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History' (Omnivore) is proof positive that when it comes to slippery greasy deep south funk and the kind of blues that make you want to rip your skin open, Bobby Rush, 80, should be on Mount Rushmore.

Zac Harmon

REVIEW: Zac Harmon is the 'Right Man Right Now' (Blind Pig) >>

In Zac Harmon's case, the little girls (at least as the song goes) understand. He's certainly not Mr. Right but he is Mr. Right Now and he wants to seduce your daughter...or your wife. Danger, ever since Jerry Lee Lewis, has always been implicit in the best rock'n'roll and when it comes to the Zac man, he will rock and roll all over you, mister, and you will like it. I sure do. Technically, he's a blues man but on 'Right Man Right Now,' released on Blind Pig Records, he throws categories to the four winds and lets 'em blow.

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