“The Hog Town Allstars” debut album is appropriately named “Hog Wild”. It consists of some truly dynamic and experienced players. Collectively they have earned more than 20 Maple Blues Awards, five JUNO awards, two Lifetime Achievement Awards and countless other blues and jazz awards. The band features former DownChild Blues Band alumni Chuck Jackson lead vocals and harmonica, Pat Carey saxophone, and Gary Kendall bass. They open with a New Orleans vibe “Mr. Lucky” featuring Jackson “The Male Vocalist of the Year” in both 1999 and 2000.
Saxophonist Carey was “Horn Player of the Year” seven times, but more importantly he won the award six years in a row from 1999 thru 2004. Gary Kendall is the eight-time winner of the “Bass Player of the Year” award. The album is dedicated to the late Michael Fonfara a three-time winner of the “Keyboardist of the Year” award. The band is rounded out by Teddy Leonard electric and acoustic guitars, and drummer Jim Carson. The backing vocalists include Kendall, keyboardist Tyler Yarema, and trumpet player Howard Moore.
Vocal highlights include “Subway Casanova” co-written by Jackson with a Little Feat kinda vibe. On “She Got the Stuff” Jackson’s vocal reminds me of Dr. John. Also written by Jackson is “Biscuits and Beans” where he sings that the road includes “too many biscuits, too many beans, too much whiskey and alcohol”. Check out the new album from “The Hogtown Allstars” as they go “Hog Wild”.
Contributing Editor/Making A Scene