Mott and his quartet are ready to make their mark on the world with his first effort as a solo blues artist, “Quit The Women For the Blues,” released February 3, 2017. The title track opens the album with a snap crack bang from drummer Andrei Koribanics setting up the groove for Sean Ronan (guitar), Dean Shot (upright, electric bass) before Mott joins with his full-throated growl and scorching blues harp. New Jersey working bluesman Vin Mott and his band are undoubtedly versed in the ways of Chester Burnett. You’ll swear you just set the needle down on a Chess records vinyl from 1952.
The ten original tracks, all written and arranged by Vincent Michael Mott, draw heavily from the heroes of Chicago and Memphis blues, paying homage to originators such as James Cotton, Little Walter, Junior Parker, Muddy Waters, and Howlin’ Wolf, while adding the band’s own flare and modern sensibility. The sound is live and raw, ballsy and guttural, a true testament to the 12-bar blues form with every instrument in the band working together to find the perfect groove. Mott’s lyrics are angry, sometimes sarcastic, written with urgency, and a nothing to hide no holding back attitude.
‘Don’t Make Me Laugh’ is scathing rebuke of a hard-headed women and ‘The Factory’ is a lowdown blues for the modern times. Ronan becomes the reincarnation of Elmore James and the rhythm section digs a shuffle groove a mile deep allowing Mott to spell out his blues philosophy ‘I’m A Filthy Man.’ Mott’s harp howls that lonesome whistle call and sets up the tempo for the relentless beat of ‘Freight Train.’ He then plants his tongue firmly in cheek on the slinky time shifting rhumba/swing ‘I Wanna Get Ruff With You.’ Mott does let his sweet side show in the original ballad ‘Living The Blues.’ The quartet swings for the fences closing out the set with ‘Hott Mott’s Theme,’ a showcase of the bands formidable chops and fiery style.
Rick J Bowen, via Blind Raccoon
released February 3, 2017
Vin Mott - vocals, harmonica
Sean Ronan - guitar
Dean Shot - bass
Andrei Koribanics - drums
Phil Silverberg - organ
Phil Silverberg, James Stivaly - engineers
Phil Silverberg - mix/master
Phil Silverberg, Ryan Cherchio - album art
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