11 brilliant new original songs and revitalizing takes on Jimmy Reed’s "I'm The Man Down There" and Mercy Dee Walton's "Sugar Daddy." Label-mate Shemekia Copeland guests on one track. A raucous, hard-hitting album that breathes fire into authentic Chicago blues. An essential purchase for any fan of real blues! "Fearless, full-tilt Chicago blues...fervent vocals and soaring harmonica" —Chicago Tribune
The Cash Box Kings: Joe Nosek: Harmonica, Vocals (5, 8, 10), Percussion Oscar Wilson: Vocals (All tracks except 5, 10) Billy Fly...
The Cash Box Kings: Joe Nosek: Harmonica, Vocals (5, 8, 10), Percussion Oscar Wilson: Vocals (All tracks except 5, 10) Billy Flynn: Lead Guitar (Except 9) Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith: Drums (Except 1, 11) John W. Lauler: Upright and Electric Bass, Percussion
with: Queen Lee Kanehira: Piano, Electric Piano, Organ Little Frank Krakowski: Rhythm Guitar (All tracks except 9, 11) Xavier Lynn: Lead Guitar (9, 11) Derek Hendrickson: Drums (1, 11)
and Special Guests: Shemekia Copeland: Vocals (2) Alex Hal: Percussion (8, 11)
Produced By Joe Nosek Associate Producer Bruce Iglauer Recorded By Alex Hall at Reliable Recorders, Chicago, IL Mixed By Alex Hall and Bruce Iglauer at Reliable Recorders, Chicago, IL Mastered By Collin Jordan and Bruce Iglauer at The Boiler Room, Chicago, IL Design by Kevin Niemiec Cover Photos by Talbot Photography, E. Corson Barnard and Bill Buchelt Photos by Janet Mami Takayama Studio Photo by John Hahn
This album is dedicated to all the great bluesmen who have passed since our last recording, especially Otis Rush, Lazy Lester, Jody Williams, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Eddy Clearwater, Eddie C. Campbell, Eddie Taylor Jr., and Mike Ledbetter. It is also dedicated to our friend and devoted blues fan, Jerry Koopman. R.I.P.
The CBKs tip their crowns in gratitude to: Kristina Espinoza, Bruce Iglauer and all the fine folks at Alligator Records, John Hahn, Alex Hall, Mary Flynn, Mark Haines, Mel Ford, Tom McCarty, Jon Penner, Marc Maddox & Buddy Guy's Legends, Tom Marker, David Mac, Janet Takayama, Brian Moyer, Elaine Hoffman Hertweck, Howard Reich, Steve and Johnny, Chris Pauls, Doug and Cheryl Lewis, Carlos Tortolero, Steve Jones, Sarah Larson, Greg Lauler, Jeannette Lauler, Brother Dave, Chris Kalmbach and the Knuckle Down Saloon.
Oscar Wilson would like to thank: my mother, Maxine Crisp Wilson, and my father, Harvey S. Wilson, and my wife Felicia for bearing with my being gone so much. I love you madly. I love all my children madly also. Thanks to my sister BeBe for letting me hang around her and listen to the blues. Thanks, Dream. Thanks to Bruce Iglauer for teaching me how to survive a day in the studio…in other words, to learn to be a professional. Thanks to The Cash Box Kings family of musicians. You guys are really Kings of Blues. To God be the Glory.