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"Chickenhead Blues CD"

“Chickenhead Blues” CD
Reviewed in OFFBEAT MAGAZINE, New Orleans.

Witness a harmonica rack strapped, fedora-outfitted dude playing a National Resophonic axe and chances are he’s a pedantic purist playing only the obscurest Delta material. Yet, given Rick Tobey’s unusual take, all preconceived notions derail right there. His repeated North Carolina migrations have left this New Jersey refugee-Louisiana transplant with an unmistakable Piedmont stamp that’s melded with a Mississippi Delta identity. That’s enough to turn things upside down which he adroitly does with Willie Dixons’s “I Just Want to Make Love to You” and Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues”. Tobey’s not anybody’s Blind Mississippi wannabe, which explains the African percussion dancing around his nimble fretwork, steel shaving slide and banshee-shaving harmonica wailing. Sometimes it feels as if it’s eerie blues for werewolves (“Mr. Bad Luck”, “If You Got the Time”) while others (“Honeybun”) are laid back enough, they’re guaranteed not to harsh your mellow. Occasionally he straps on a ’57 Gibson Les Paul Jr. and rocks out (“I’m in Trouble”). “You My Baby” is even better- a John Lee Hooker-meets Duane Allman type of encounter backed by bass and keys. Good stuff from a guy who devours the whole chicken, including the head.

-by Dan Willging
- Offbeat Magazine, New Orleans


Chickenhead Blues
Luv'n the Blues- Recorded live at the Rusty Nail Saloon



Featured performers at the 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 & 2008 Cape Fear Blues Festival, 2003 Pleasure Island Seafood, Jazz & Blues Festival.
Winners of the 2007 Cape Fear blues Challenge.

Close your eyes and imagine a big, steamy pot of greasy electric blues, a bubbling bowlful of African rhythm, the slurpy wail of a slide guitar, and one big juicy chicken head. Now that’s a scrumptious batch of American music that has few culinary equals, if any. The Chickenhead Blues Band concocts a recipe that’ll tantalize your taste buds and satisfy your soul – never mind the salt & pepper. The stove is fired up, the hambone’s on the boil, and the blues shall pour forth nonstop. The CBB is cookin’ with a vengeance, so bring your kin, come hungry and don’t worry - seconds are on us.