Reprinted with permission from Big City Rhythm and Blues Magazine, April/May 2010
by Gary vonTersch
Also checked is a great Mexican rock ‘n roll version of Little Richard’s smash hit, “Good Golly, Miss Molly,” titled “La Plaga.” Blenis’ vocal and fretboard chops come to the fore on his wryly observant composition, “I Got to Quit Drinkin’ Again.” Guest vocalist Patti Allen channels Dinah Washington on a playful rendition of “Big, Long Slidin’ Thing,” with Oxford demonstrating just how sexy a trombone can be. On the set closing jazzy jam favorite, ”Smooth Feeling,”Gutierrez gets a chance to showcase his stick-work. Oxford and his band are justifiably proud to be representing the Washington Blues Society at the 2010 IBC in Memphis, and you can read about his Midwest tour elsewhere in this very magazine. Catch them, if you can.