After a rather long hiatus on disc the veteran Hamilton band Trickbag is back (Not to be confused with an American band of the same name). They got their start backing King Biscuit Boy and three of the original members are still going strong: Larry Feudo on guitar & harp, Donna Panchezak on vocals & percussion and Paul Panchezak on drums. The current lineup features two new members: Rick Miles on bass and Steve Beach on B3, piano & vocals. They assembled at This Ain’t Hollywood in Hamilton and recorded this impressive new album and promise a new studio one soon. The program opens with a feature for the new B3 player: “The Cat”, the Lonnie Smith hit. Donna Panchezak shows her vocal chops on a fine version of Irma Thomas’ “You Can Have My Husband (But Don’t Mess My Man)”. Another local hero, Robbie Robertson, is celebrated with his “Rag Mama Rag”, with Beach joining on vocals for their version of Band harmonies. Feudo adds some wonderful slide guitar and there’s a lovely uncredited mandolin. Donna Panchezak’s solid vocal on Don Covay’s “Three Time Loser” keeps the pace going nicely. Beach shows how he handles a slow blues as they perform an extended version of Keb’ Mo’s “Dangerous Mood”. This is an excellent song from Keb’s Just Like You that I don’t think anyone else has covered until now. Feudo turns in a masterful lead guitar break. Feudo also supplies the one original song here, the instrumental “Walk The Talk” with brief solos for all. In an especially tasty tribute to their roots, they do “Corinna Corinna”, a song they clearly still enjoy doing and conclude with another song from Richard Newell’s set list, “Hoy Hoy”, a Johnnie Jones classic from Chicago in the early fifties. Beach & Donna trade the vocal duties in glorious fashion on this rousing finale. Crowbar has also reunited for a summer festival tour, doing a King Biscuit Boy tribute as part of their show. John Dickie & Ray Harrison have joined original members Sonny Bernardi, Roly Greenway and John Hibbard. It’s good to see Richard Newell so well remembered. Trickbag play regularly in & around Hamilton, check www.trickbag.ca for listings and if you’re not going to see them any time soon, you can get the CD at CDBaby.

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