What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? OLD MAN CRACK – FEEL THE F#%KIN’ CRACK! (2011)

Posted: February 15, 2011 by Cowboy Col in What's The Rockbrat Listening To Today ?
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The best blues didn’t always hail from the Mississippi Delta you know. Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Bessie Smith, and others you all know – but what about that old harmonica playin’ guy from the swampy gator country of Southern Florida ? Well, SW Florida to be more precise – by way of Buffalo to be even more precise. He’s 85 years young, he’s the real blues n roots deal, – he is Old Man Crack, and in 2011, he’s still sitting on his back porch blowing away on that 10 hole diatonic – and that’s a good thing my friends. Today I’m listening to his new album, ‘Feel The Fuckin’ Crack’.  Louis Jordan may have been “The King of the Jukebox”, but Old Man Crack reigns supreme in Florida’s beauty salons and bingo halls. Dig the comic classic, ‘Nobody Home But Us Chickens’ – If Louis Jordan had of played a Gibson Jr. ? Now you get the picture. In fact Jordan is a good line in the sand for the OMC sound.  Imagine “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie” with buzz saw guitar and your half way there. OMC lays down the laconic, humorous vocals – whilst Junior Crack supplies the ‘lectric pop punk guitar. ‘Chicken Beak Boy’ sung by Junior Crack is a catchy and melodic ode to the Ramones (and head chicken beak boy Marky Ramone), with OMC singing the chorus. OMC sneers his way through ‘I Don’t Want U’ which reminds me of the Ronnie Biggs / Pistols collaboration. Speaking of the Pistols, Old Man Crack delivers a rippin’ version of  ‘Problems’, complete with harmonica. Many tunes have a distinctive comical narrative, loaded with OMC’s wry social commentary – and always including some appealing blues harp. ‘Your Sisters A Dog’ and ‘Corner Liquor Store’ both have that likeable 12 bar boogie blues thing happening – and both sound great to me. From an album of high points, the track ‘Old Man Crack’ comes close to being my personal fave, complete with an OMC spoken word message for all the kids in America, a shredding guitar solo from Junior Crack, and obligatory blues harp solo . There are several OMC rumours that are yet to be verified – Did OMC teach Larry Adler and Little Walter how to play the harmonica? As a young boy OMC would return home from a day’s work in the corn field, and at the riverbank he’d pick up reeds which he blew on as a homemade harmonica while at home, his brothers and sisters danced to the music he made. Was he really performing  as a professional harmonica player by the age of 14? Who knows, who cares. As with all Old Man Crack records, only one rule applies – and that is there are no rules!  This ain’t no Saturday night fish fry folks – this is old style Florida blues to smoke your corn pipe to. Feel the fuckin crack! Email Junior Crack and he’ll sell you a copy of this.

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  1. […] News on the Kevin K front. NYC’s finest rocker, the legendary KEVIN K will have a couple of songs on a split single for an Italian label out soon – with the legendary Old Man Crack on backing vocals! We can’t wait for that one. At 85 years young, Old Man Crack is still out there showing the younguns’ how it’s done, check out this recent video of Old Man Crack and Kevin K as they carve up Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream’. Too much Old Man Crack is never enough. Read a review of Old Man Crack’s current album here. […]

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