M Powers RevBoogieIt might not be revolutionary, but it's mighty good. Blues you can rock to, with Michael Powers and company...

Revolutionary Boogie
Michael Powers
Zoho Roots
13 tracks / 65:14 minutes

A little Hendrix, a little Willie Dixon, and a whole lot of Michael Powers – that's what you get on Revolutionary Boogie, an honest-to-goodness blues recording and a much more enjoyable listen than Powers' more experimental, over-reaching, Bluesiana Breeze. Powers storms through a tasty set of blues and blues rock on this release that features the guitarist in fine electric form, backed up by The Michael Powers Frequency Band, The Mana'o Trio, and various guests such as vocalist Angel Rose (who heats up "Got's To Go" and, especially, "It's About That Time" with her energetic and fiery delivery). Powers himself is a good blues singer as well as an impressive guitarist, often conjuring up Stevie Ray Vaughn on both counts. Powers wrote or co-wrote more than half of the tracks on this album, and usually was on-target with his boogie-filled arrangements that reveal a knowledge of classic blues as well as more contemporary rock sounds - "Bleeker Street Strut," no doubt an homage to the New York City club that Powers regularly plays at, would be an ideal vehicle for Huey Lewis and "Got's To Go" is a barn-burner. Powers' guitar work on Willie Dixon's "I Ain't Superstitious" is a treasure-trove of blues techniques and tasty fretboard surprises, and the whole band does a fine job on Hendrix' "Spanish Castle Magic" without resorting to imitation. Revolutionary Boogie might not be revolutionary, but it's fun, funky, and great driving music - good solid blues with only a few weak moments. Powers is a bluesman to watch.


Bert Saraco

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