Woody Mac – Dig It
9 songs time – 32:33
Michigander Woody Mac(Allen McMillan) evokes arena rock bands like Z.Z. Top and Bachman Turner Overdrive as he leads his power trio with his growling vocals and heavy-handed guitar onslaught. Close at his heels are the fleet fingered Jeff Dork on bass and rock steady drummer Timmy Sears. This is no run-of-the mill rhythm section. Jeff delivers inventive and upfront bass lines while Timmy has a deft touch on the skins. Neil Barbu provides keyboards on three tracks, but sadly passed away unexpectedly shortly after recording them.
Right out of the gate you are taken back to the early seventies via multi-tracked screaming blues rock guitars on “We All Have Hard Times”. Neil supplies organ on the funky “I’ve Drank Too Much”. The title song “Dig It” has either un credited or sampled horns and includes a nifty bass solo. The legacy of the great Robert Johnson is the subject of “Judgement Day”, a song that includes electric slide guitar and acoustic guitar as well as a few spooky guitar sounds near song’s end.
Funky bass under swirling dueling guitars fuel the heady blues rock of “Keep Playing The Blues”. A relentless walking bass line helps “Train” chug along(no pun intended). It also contains un credited harmonica blurts. The heavy “Fools Gold” has a brief jazzy guitar bit in its’ midst along with low in the mix keyboards. The CD goes out on a trippy note via the spacey “Vertigo” with its’ distorted vocal, at times melodic guitars, way cool bass playing and what appears to be synth strings.
Woody and his crew rock out in grand style with each member in control of their instrument that in turn delivers a heady brew. Aside from strong songwriting, guitar and vocals Woody’s production values bring it all together. Treat yourself to these unique sounds.