WILDCAT O’HALLORAN – PARTY UP IN HEAVEN – REVIEW BY A.J. WACHTEL
Party Up In Heaven
By A.J. Wachtel
Wildcat is from Western Mass. but from the sound of his new release, he is certainly turbulent everywhere he goes.
First off, he reminds me a bit of Elvin Bishop in the way that he is an excellent guitarist and he is also a showman; his tunes all have a lesson and he enjoys giving it to the audience. In this sense, he is also more rhythm and blues then just blues and the nine original songs and two covers here prove to me these cats must be one helluva bar band. I love the rocking title cut with the cool harp. I like the funky guitar on the final track, “N.Y. I’m Home” written by NYC songstress and the voice of Mass. company Dunkin’ Donuts (!!!) Cassandra Kubinski. “Probably Dead” is also a favorite of mine; funny and casual lyrics and a great uptempo r&b bar room feel to it. “Gypsy Deadend Track” has a slower tempo but also has great guitar and a hot harp.After hearing this new release I just want to see Wildcat O’Halloran and his band live. NOT your father’s Blues, for sure.