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Review and photos by Frances SealyBig Head Todd and the Monsters' tour as the Big Head Blues Club is on the road this fall celebrating the music of Willie Dixon. The Big Head Blues Club this tour includes some of the blues heavyweights still living today. The tour is promoting their new album, Way Down Inside, which happens to have the music of Willie Dixon and this show is chock full classic blues.
Mud Morganfield, son of Muddy Waters, brought his powerhouse vocals to the tour while Billy Branch, the superior harmonica blues legend played in the band. Ronnie Baker Brooks, son of Lonnie Brooks, was the last special guest whose blues guitar has been described as a 'monster' guitarist. Lastly, Erica Brown added her trademark vocals. All the guests recorded songs on the great new album.
Todd Mohr is the leader of the band on vocals and guitar. The rest of the band, "The Monsters" is Brian Nevin on drums, Rob Squires on bass, and Jeremy Lawton on keyboards. They were the glue that pulled everyone and everything together. All members gave a tour de force performance.
Willie Dixon was one of the most important and prolific American songwriters in history. This show included some of Dixon's best-known work as well as some of his lesser-known songs. In a recent interview with Todd Mohr, he stated that he wanted "to familiarize the public with more of the Dixon catalogue. Dixon wrote all kinds of compositions."
The set was rocking from the very first song. And continued through the 90+ minute set. Highlights included Mud Morganfield's big boss vocals resonated throughout the theatre. Todd Mohr's vocals and guitar were worthy of legendary status. Erica Brown's vocals were mesmerizing, but she was under utilized during the set. Ronnie Baker Brooks' guitar was 'blues' as it should be played. One cannot say enough about Billy Branch's harmonica or Jeremy Lawton's keyboards.
It was hard to believe that gentlemen in advanced age could rock so hard. It was a stellar evening and it was riveting and worthy of Willie Dixon's praise.
1. I Want to be Loved
2. Good Advice (with Billy Branch)
3. Bring It On Home (Willie Dixon cover) (with Billy Branch)
4. The Seventh Son (Willie Dixon cover)
5. I Can't Quit You Baby
6. Spoonful (Willie Dixon cover)
7. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man (Willie Dixon cover) (with Mud Morganfield)
8. Back Door Man (Willie Dixon cover)
9. Pretty Thing
10. The Same Thing (Muddy Waters cover)
11. My Love For You Will Never Die
12. Hidden Charms
13. Sittin' and Cryin' the Same Blues
14. You Can't Make Peace (with Billy Branch)
15. You Need Love (with Mud Morganfield)
16. Little Red Rooster (Willie Dixon cover)
17. Wang Dang Doodle
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