Rick Estrin does it right on new Nightcats album ‘One Wrong Turn’

Published On February 20, 2013 | By admin | News

Discerning blues harmonica fans have long known that Rick Estrin has it all, but since 2008, when guitarist Charlie Baty retired from his Estrin-fronted Bay Area band Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Estrin’s been fielding his own Rick Estrin & The Nightcats—of which he remains the coolest cat of all.

A consummate live entertainer, Estrin once again proves on record that he’s the wittiest blues songwriter and singer (choice representative songs including “My Next Ex-Wife” and “Dump That Chump”), not to mention a master harpman who merges the readily identifiable styles of the genre’s classicists into his own unique delivery. And on One Wrong Turn (Alligator)—his second album since taking the reins from Batty and debuting the new configuration the following year with Twisted—he’s really got it together.

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