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Big Plans

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Border Town Blues
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I Can't Stay Here
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I Get So Worried
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Mary Jane
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Carpet Bagger Blues
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Just To Be With You
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Gotta Move
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Why Do Things Happen To Me?
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Groan My Blues Away
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Mine All Mine
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Young & Tender
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My Baby's A Good 'Un
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Broken Hearted Blues
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Walkin' Down Fillmore
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California Blues
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 15   Total Length: 57:29

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John Morthland has been writing about music since the days of electronically rechanneled stereo and duophonic sound. His name has darkened the mastheads of Roll...more »

04.22.11
The Mannish Boys, Big Plans
2007 | Label: Delta Groove Productions / The Orchard

Assembled by southern California blues activist and occasional singer/harmonica player Randy Chortkoff, the Mannish Boys are a “supergroup” that performs revue-style, with different members, most of whom also have solo careers or belong to other bands, stepping in and out of the spotlight. The frontman and nominal leader is vocalist Finis Tasby, who sings like a lighter, smoother B. B. King and is aided by the gritty Mississippi/Chicago singer and harpman Johnny… read more »

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Team Players

LadyT

One of The Mannish Boys' best talents is for continually rotating in fresh players. They're great team all by themselves, but they also like to play with other greats, well-known or not. On this album, hear Jody Williams. You can check his sound on eMusic, on Return Of A Legend. Or how about Nick Kashmar on Nickels & Dimes? I wish there was more Kid Ramos on this album, but that's a personal thing. His absence doesn't detract from the sound. There's plenty of great guitar here.

They Say All Music Guide

The second studio album by contemporary electric blues supergroup the Mannish Boys delivers straightforward Chicago-style blues in an unfussy setting. The list of special guests is as long as the nine-piece band, including guest singers Jody Williams and Bobby Lee Jones, guitarist Rick Holmstrom, pianist Rob Rio, bassists Jeff Big Dad Turmes and Larry “The Mole” Taylor, harmonica player Mitch Kashmar and saxophonist David Woodford. As a result, no one singer or instrumentalist predominates, giving Big Plans a sort of R&B revue feel. The songs are mostly originals by members of the band including bandleader Randy Chortkoff and slide guitarist Frank Goldwasser; while the band get points for largely avoiding the temptation to simply bash out the usual electric blues suspects, none of the album’s original material sounds likely to join the blues canon. A fairly low-key, genial album, Big Plans is considerably less than its title suggests, but it’s likely enough for fans of contemporary electric blues. – Stewart Mason

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