Walk the Talk
Multi award winning album! - WINNER - BEST SELF PRODUCED CD AWARD 2010 (WA BLUES SOCIETY) - WINNER - BEST USA BLUES ALBUM 2010 (BLUES UNDERGROUND) - 'TOP 10 SLEEPER' ALBUM OF 2010 (BLUES BYTES) - TOP 10 ALBUM OF 2010 (BLUES UNDERGROUND) DAMNGOODTUNES.COM - OCT 2010 From the shuffling and progressive title track of ' Walk The Talk ' to the thumping beat and growling harmonica in ' Maximum Insecurity ' and the driving old-school boogie of ' Skinny Woman ' where you just wanna hit the floor shaking all the change out of you pockets and into the tip jar, Son Jack Jr. and Michael Wilde have hit it all the way out of the ball park! This new progressive Blues and traditional crossroads of a Blues album is the best we've heard in a very long time. Follow the links to CD Baby today and pick up or download your own copy. This is what the Blues is supposed to sound like! LIVING BLUES - OCT 2010: A product of London, England, now hailing from Seattle, Washington, Son Jack Jr. is back with harp sideman Michael Wilde for his third album, Walk The Talk. With a mixture of tracks that include covers and originals, it's obvious that Son Jack Jr. is flexing his blues talents on his latest release. While this disc offers more electric guitar than his previous releases, he by no means abandons the Delta blues style that earned him critical acclaim. Tracks such as Howlin' Poppet and a cover of Charley Patton's Pony Blues reveal Son Jack Jr.'s Delta blues chops have not slipped one bit. On most of the rest of the album Jack shifts to the electric guitar where his playing has a decidedly North Mississippi/John Lee Hooker feel. Down So Low, Crying Time, and an excellent cover of Hooker's Crawlin' King Snake are the highlights of the disc. Don't look for blazing fast, intricate, or over-the-top guitar fills or solos here. Son Jack Jr. carries most of the tracks with his slow, often hypnotic guitar playing. His vocals have matured and are much sharper, not wavering as they did on some of his previous work. Michael Wilde's harmonica works nicely with Jack's groove and again is not too over the top. His slow, heart-wrenching solo that kicks off Crying Time is his best work on the disc. Going in a little different direction has worked out well for Son Jack Jr. here. Walk The Talk stacks up well with his other work and gives listeners a little bit more variety. Son Jack Jr.'s and Michael Wild's styles mesh well and are satisfying to the ear. -Erik Watson GREG JOHNSON, PRESIDENT, CASCADE BLUES ASSOCIATION After multiple listens to Walk The Talk by Son Jack Jr. & Michael Wilde, I keep finding myself asking, "Just where in Mississippi is Seattle located?" It's not? Then why do these guys sound like first cousins to folk like Kenny Brown or Lightnin' Malcolm or Mississippi Morris? I swear you could picture yourself sitting on the front porch of a shotgun shack outside Senatobia cooling the heat and humidity with a nice cool glass of sweet tea listening to this album. It just sounds that down-home authentic. Outstanding readings of selections from the songbooks of R.L. Burnside, Charley Patton and John Lee Hooker drive the mix with believability that there has to be a mistake on where they actually live. Further driven home when you hear their original material. Ain't no way that was written by anybody that hasn't been brought up around cotton fields or strolling down Highways 49 and 61. These songs are modern blues classics. Great themes. Feeling down so low that you'd have to get up just to die? Their baby howls for them in the middle of the night. And you'd better listen to these guys, because they mean everything they say. They walk the talk! And it's a serious conversation! Instrumentation is A-1 throughout, start to finish. Michael Wilde's chromatic work-out on "Crying Time" is powerful and grasps at your heart with it's intense somberness. Then on "Maximum Security" he can whoop things up just like Sonny Terry. Son Jack offers multiple blues guitar approaches from Delta fingerpickers, sizzling slides to Hill Country trance. But he can also surprise you with a track like "Requiem" where he comes across more like Leo Kottke or John Fahey with his solo string beauty that tells you there is more behind this man than just the blues. The pair are joined throughout the disc nicely by drummer Billy Barner and bassist Mark Davies, with keyboardist Eric Roberts joining in on a pair of tunes. It adds the proper flavoring. Just the right piquant to get you snapping your fingers. This music is so tasty you might be smacking your lips trying to savor that deliciousness. Walk The Talk is more than just a good CD. It's EXCEPTIONAL kick back and throw the disc on your player. More than likely you won't be sitting long. The groove here will make you move whether you plan on it or not. Son Jack Jr & Michael Wilde will make you believe that Seattle really is in Mississippi. The far Northwest corner that is. A run out and buy it record for anybody who loves Southern blues music. Top shelf material! Need I say more? JOHN VERMILYEA, BLUES UNDERGROUND NETWORK: 'On any given day, being buried up to your neck in the Blues is what Son Jack Jr. is all about, and now with his new release 'Walk The Talk', with co-artist Michael Wilde, we all have the opportunity to buried up to our necks in the Blues, as well. 'Walk The Talk' is the first collaboration between Son Jack Jr., and Michael Wilde, and I for one really, really hope that this team continues to work together, putting out more Albums in the future. The two of these guys make for one heck of a great writing team. 'Walk The Talk' consists of 12 Blues Drenched Tracks, 8 Originals (6 by Son Jack Jr., and 2 by Michael Wilde) and 4 Covers, Crawlin' King Snake (Hooker), Miss Maybelle & Skinny Woman (Burnside) and Pony Blues (Patton). All Tracks are played lean and mean, doing more than justice to the Covers and showing us all how great Son Jack Jr., and Michael Wilde are, not only as writers, but as musicians as well. Their are two things that are abundantly clear that you will get from listening to 'Walk The Talk', and that is that Number 1, 'Walk The Talk' is an ASTONISHINGLY good Traditional Blues Album, which will have you no doubt, correcting your vision and seeing this style of blues in a whole new and appreciative light and Number 2, at even clocking in at over 43 minutes, it is still to damn short. Luckily that can be easily remedied simply by hitting the repeat button on the old CD Player. 'Walk The Talk' is by far the best Traditonal Blues Album I have listened to all year and beyond any Accolades I can offer, those will surely be dwarfed by the Accolades, yet to come from the Music Industry at large. The highest rating I give Albums is 5*****, for which, 'Walk The Talk' euthusiastically gets that from me. I somehow feel that as special as this Album is, I wish I had a higher rating for it. If you love Traditional Blues, sung right, played right, and written right, this Album is for you. Highly Recommended and more than Thoroughly Enjoyed...' JONATHAN RICHARDS, HOST BLUESHOUSE, KSER 90.7FM: 'UNBELIEVABLE... 'Walk The Talk' is by far the best Traditional Blues Album I have listened to all year"