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Hook, Line & Sinker

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Hook, Line & Sinker is Roomful of Blues' rollicking new blast of guitar-stoked, horn-fired R&B. Roomful will support the new release with their patented, roof-raising live shows.

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"Excellent, marvelous wall-to-wall grooves...between the wicked guitar work and the brassy horn section, things never stop swinging." -- USA Today

"Few bands swing the blues more exuberantly than Roomful of Blues...boisterous and relentlessly upbeat." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Roomful Of Blues plays an inspired, lively and heated brand of rippling, up-tempo, horn-dominated R&B." -- Rolling Stone

"This is a band on top of its game, sliding easily from big-band jazz-blues to guitar-drenched urban blues...let the party begin." -- The Chicago Sun-Times


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  • Audio CD (January 18, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B004BBPKWC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tim Holek on March 5, 2011
Format: Audio CD
These swinging and swaying 12 songs will put you "in the mood" from start to finish. Sure, they are all cover songs taken from the band's extensive repertoire, but you'll have to be a musicologist to recognize them.

This 40-minute disc features new bass player John Turner and new trumpeter Doug Woolverton, but the most obvious newcomer is singer Phil Pemberton. His huge voice is a mix between Curtis Salgado, Roy Brown, Wynonie Harris, and Big Joe Turner. Pemberton comes across as if he has been the band's main vocal and focal point for several years. His emotive vocals will have you personally experiencing the discomfort of the main character's loneliness on Ain't Nothin' Happenin'. The New Orleans sounding Come On Home reveals Pemberton can reverberate as strong and loud as the band's stomping three-piece horn section. Time Brings About A Change is a ballad which allows the flamboyant Pemberton to stretch his multi octave and ultra-expressive vocals.

Romping horns rumble and rattle on That's A Pretty Good Love, where Chris Vachon's enthusiastic guitar riffs are at the center of the song. In fact, Vachon is given more opportunity than in the past to showcase what he can do with six strings, e.g., Win With Me, Baby throughout the disc.

The CD's strength, and in fact the eight-member group's greatest asset, is how well the band performs as a cohesive unit. Throughout, the horns hop, the keyboards sway, the vocals enthuse, the guitar rocks, and the band jumps. Roomful's signature sound runs rampant on Hook, Line & Sinker which plays like a tribute to the best swinging tunes from the '40s and '50s. Every song is good, but when those songs are performed by this venerable band, the combined outcome is a transcended musical experience that is both nostalgic and avant-garde at the same time.
Tim Holek
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By r.j. zurek on February 28, 2011
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I really don't know how they do it. Roomful had just replaced lead vocalist Mark DuFresne with Dave Howard and released "Raisin' a Ruckus" in January 2008. Sadly, trumpeter Bob Enos passed away the same week. The band continued to tour, at times inviting trombonist Tom Wolf for special engagements. Howard tired of the touring life and announced his departure in late 2009. When band leader Chris Vachon heard Phil Pemberton sing at keyboardist Travis Colby's wedding, he knew he had his man.

Pemberton has toured throughout Europe with his own band, and he reached over 350 million viewers when he performed live on television in China- the first Western band to do so. Pemberton's phrasing is very similar to past vocalist/saxophonist Greg Piccolo. Listen to "He Knows the Rules" (1984's "Dressed Up to Get Messed Up") or "Loan a Helping Hand" (1980's "Hot Little Mama") and you'll be pleasantly surprised at the similarity to Pemberton.

The band chose some very obscure covers for this outing, including Don and Dewey's "Kill Me" and the title tune by Smiley Lewis. I mention these songs in particular because Roomful faithfully recreates them- almost note for note. Both songs are very good; just a bit too close to the originals.

Three of Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's songs are revisited, the best being the instrumental "Gate Walks to Board". Again, Chris Vachon shows he is the best guitarist working with a horn section. New trumpeter Doug Woolverton gets a solo here and on Little Richard's "Ain't Nothin' Happenin'". I had never heard of the Lieber/Stoller composition "It" before this. Evidently this was Big Joe Turner's attempt to capture the burgeoning young market for early rock and roll. Pemberton has a ball with this one and Woolverton again gets the spotlight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Kesler on December 1, 2012
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This is not a complicated album, but it is complex, ringing with a sophisticated Blues that at times boarders on Jazz, Jump Blues, and never strays short of an undefined Big Band sound ... a sound that is both surprising, unexpected, and reflective.

Roomful Of Blues is one of those bands that almost no one has heard of, yet have been making really fine albums for nearly forty years, often stirring the pot to bring new flavors to the surface, and changing the cooks to keep things interesting. The horn section, fronted by Rich Lataille, is top shelf and seductive, infusing itself like I've seldom heard before, with a presence that at times rises and demands your attention, while at others, just flowing so consistently that you'll be scratching your head, asking, "How'd they do that?" The vocals of Phil Pemberton are showcased here like he's been with the band from the get-go, full of pure fun, and a sensitivity that kept me wondering if this album was really a blues album, or something much more.

It was back in 1967 that the band was first put together, and in all of those years, no one from the original lineup is still present, though Rich, who joined in 1970, is still rolling along. Big Maybelle, and I assure you, she is, adds a vocal resonance that draws deeply from the past, yet in the same light is new and fresh, presenting a female vocalist who's finally managed to tap into blues history, and come up with a new sound that doesn't sound derivative, or like the same old thing all over again.

Dropping Hook, Line & Sinker on the platter with breathe new life into any room, and spark a mile wide smile across your face over and over again.

Review by Jenell Kesler
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