If Tom Waits and Muddy Waters were driving out to a gig they could slip Paul Reddick’s Cd Wishbone into the player and be damn impressed.
Now, digest that thought for a minute purchase this cd, pour yourself a drink and let the dangerous mojo of Whiskey Is The Life Of A Man, get your feet moving.
At the same time be careful of playing this for your girlfriend or wife because Reddick might steal her away with the gritty grooves of The Other Man, Dancing In A Dream, or Devil’s Load featuring guest vocals from Tom Wilson.
Elsewhere, producer/guitarist Colin Cripps and fellow axe men Kyle Ferguson and Peter Belec all fire off swaggering riffs all through this recording.
Without a doubt the hipest lyrical focus lands smoothly on the track Luna Moth and Butterfly.
The incredible stream-of-consciousness narrative mixing couplets like snakeroot, sawgrass, feverfew/ who bet seven who bet nine?/ Yellowbird and Turpentine would make “Black Maria” proud.
Elsewhere, Take Me Ruby and I Have Lived You Long whip the mojo high thanks to the killer bass work of Anna Ruddick and stick men Kevin Warren and Derek Downham.
The album also has it’s rootsy passion tracks like the gorgeous Ballad Of Wishbone and the closing track 1000 years a beautiful self-conscious melancholy reminder of the power of life and love.
Reddick and Producer Colin Cripps have laid down the gauntlet with Wishbone. Now it’s up to fans, and radio to peel back the onion revealing one of this year’s best releases.