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Review of MICROWAVE DAVE & THE NUKES

DOWN SOUTH NUKIN'
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BLUES REVUE MAGAZINE
June/July 2007
Posted: May 9, 2007

Recorded live at the 2nd Street Music Hall in Gadsden, Alabama in April, August, and November 2005, this 12-song set is an enjoyable slice of what guitarist/vocalist Dave Gallaher, bassist Rick Godfrey, and drummer James Irvin do best: blistering, industrial-strength blues-rock served up with great variety.

For the album's lone original, the swampy instrumental 'Ray Brand,' Gallaher accompanies his slithery slide guitar with a Lowebow, an instrument that produces twangy bass sounds. Three fan favorites can be traced back to Gallaher's debut album: Bo Diddley's bombastic 'Road Runner'; Doc Pomus' double-entendre-filled 'Body and Fender Man,' played here at a breakneck pace; and J.B. Hutto's '20% Alcohol' (the late slide master is also tapped for a bludgeoning 'Hip Shakin'').

Elmore James' rollicking 'Can't Stop Lovin' My Baby' is no surprise, but the remaining tunes are. The best known of three tracks from the golden age of R&B and soul is Dee Clark's Diddleyesque thumper 'Hey Little Girl,' a No. 2 R&B hit in 1959. Obie Jessie's frenetic lament 'It Don't Happen No More' and Dyke & the Blazers' churning funk tune 'Shot Gun Slim' qualify as obscurities. Bob Dylan's 'From a Buick 6' recalls the live version recorded by Johnny Winter in the '70s. John Sebastian's jaunty 'Got No Automobile' and Los Lobos' lilting 'Let's Say Goodnight' provide changes of pace.

Gallaher is a vocalist of limited range, but he can roar and holler with the best. First-generation electric slide masters appear to be his main inspiration, but such leanings combine with rock influences to evoke George Thorogood, Ron Thompson and Eric Sardinas. DOWN SOUTH NUKIN' will appeal to fans of those venerable blues rockers.

THOMAS J. CULLEN III