Wild Night in Texas
REVIEWS Review by Lucky Boyd, January, 2010 Co-founder, MyTexasMusic.com Mark Searcy assembles a top-notch band and offers the next installment of fantastic blues music with a Texas feel. Searcy continues his tradition of outstanding guitar work and adds exhilarating harmonica from Rick Boss. The album also features the stellar vocal work of the band's diva, Kori Hubbard. Searcy winds his way through multiple edges of the blues genre from traditional styles to modern and innovative compositions. The album's closing cut is one of Searcy's epic renditions which features every feel good lick you can think of. The opener is the title track which sets the toe-tapping tone for the disc. Searcy follows up with "Cuban Getaway" which marries the band's inimitable Texas blues style with a samba dance tune that epitomizes the diversity of the project. Hubbard vocalizes on Searcy's "Bear A Little Rain," a well-written, country feel twelve-bar gem. Chicago comes into view on "Cruisin'," a Rick Boss co-write. Boss also pens "Your Spices Out" which features Searcy on the resonator in this swampy Delta-style offering that actually made me hungry while listening. Hubbard appears again on "Te Ni Nee Ni Nu" which might be the most commercial track on the disc. Boss and Searcy are both featured in this solid performance. You might not expect a John Prine cover on this disc, but then again, this is Mark Searcy, who has no fear when it comes to adding his brand of talent to any style. Back on the resonator on "Angel From Montgomery," Searcy proves that no genre is exempt from this band's embrace. Precise guitar and harmonica work are the order on "Stumblin'" which is one of the album's two fully instrumental cuts. Throughout, Searcy proves that he's a mainstay on the Texas blues music scene. Being familiar with Searcy's music, I had certain expectations when I began listening to this disc. Searcy and the band did not disappoint. This is a great project, start to finish. Review by Jim Beal, Jr. January, 2010 San Antonio Express News The Mark Searcy Band plays blues, all right, but the band mixes it up, delivering straight-up 12-bar action, Texas-style boogie, swampy selections and resonator guitar-driven acoustic blues. The band -- Searcy (guitar, vocals), Kori Hubbard (vocals), Rick Boss (harmonica, vocals), Ricky Smith (bass) and Lyle Burke (drums) -- have a repertoire that balances covers and originals. Highlights of 'Wild Night in Texas' include a cover of Slim Harpo's 'Te Ni Nee Ni Nu,' Searcy's 'Stumblin' ' and Boss' 'Your Spices Out.' Searcy and Boss can flat get down on guitar and harmonica respectively, but both show proper restraint by serving the songs instead of the egos. Listen for the guitar/harp duet on 'Stumblin' ' to hear how it should be done. Variety is a good thing for the blues. The Searcy Band is doing a good thing.