WILLIE MCBLIND – LIVE LONG DAY – REVIEW BY A.J. WACHTEL
By A.J. Wachtel
This is a groove-oriented band; they set the aural mood first and then take off with passionate and powerful vocals sung by both Babe Borden and Jon Catler; who also play autoharp and all guitars respectively. I really dig when they sing together; their vocals tease and match so well it substantially adds to the group’s collective sound. On “Live Long Day”, their third CD, this characteristic is best seen in “Slow Moving Train”, “One Thing” and in the uptempo opener “Sittin’ In The Train Station”: and the title cut; the radio friendly “Live Long Day”. I also like the r&b flavor of “Down The Road” where Babe just wails. They make the only cover, Robert Johnson’s “Love In Vain”, their own with it’s quicker slow-shuffle tempo and great vocals. All the other tunes are composed by Catler. Mat Fields on bass and Lorne Watson pounding add energy and provide a solid backing on all the cuts. Powerful blues and blues/rock with a hint of Jefferson Airplane-like psychedelia. Ancient ideas with 21st century technology. Good stuff! Check these cats out when you see them around town this Winter.