Philadelphia Enquirer Reviews One Wrong Turn!!!!

Published On February 28, 2013 | By rick estrin | News
http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/music/20120812_New_Recordings.html
Rick Estrin and the Nightcats
One Wrong Turn
(Alligator ***1/2)
They used to be Little Charlie and the Nightcats, named after their brilliant guitarist, the now-retired Charlie Baty. But even then, Rick Estrin was the front man. He’s one of the great characters in blues and roots-rock – a sharp-dressing, smooth-talking, harmonica-playing hepcat. On their second album with Estrin’s name out front, and Kid Andersen replacing Baty, the group remains as entertaining as ever.
“(I Met Her on the) Blues Cruise,” a rollicking tale of romance gone wrong on the high seas, and “Desperation Perspiration” highlight the comic side of the Nightcats. Estrin can also pen straight down-and-out blues, like “Broke and Lonesome” and the New Orleans-flavored “Movin’ Slow.” But for all the colorful personality he brings, he’s also a deceptively subtle writer who can cloak pointed or sobering messages within the band’s general good-time vibe, as he does on “Lucky You” and the title song. Meanwhile, two instrumental tracks – bassist Lorenzo Farrell’s jumping, jazzy “Zonin’ ” and Andersen’s surf-mariachi pastiche, “The Legend of Taco Cobbler” – bring to the fore the sharp, lively, and never cliched musical attack that underpins everything here.
- Nick Cristiano

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