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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 15, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Severn
  • ASIN: B004F44ZBM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,056 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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You Can't Keep a Big Man Down' reunites veteran blues singer/drummer Big Joe Maher with Severn Records, which released both his 1998 album, 'I'm Still Swingin'' (winning a Washington Area Music Association award for 'Best Blues Recording'), and his 2000 release, 'All Night Long'. 'You Can't Keep a Big Down' showcases Big Joe's bluesy, swinging vocal style and rock-solid drumming on 12 tracks, evenly split between originals and covers. Whether it's the rollicking Chicago blues of the title track, the New Orleans influenced 'Evangeline,' the Texas blues sound of 'Bad Case of Love,' or the Kansas City jump style of 'Confessin' the Blues,' Big Joe always delivers the goods on arguably his strongest album ever in a critically-acclaimed career.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By OffBeat Magazine on July 4, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Big Joe is a rarity in the blues world. He's a drummer who doubles as a vocalist. That's about as rare as a left-handed baseball catcher. His sound is akin to Roomful of Blues, but more stripped down (less horny, you can say). He relies on well-chosen vintage material, but he's also capable of writing first-class originals. The title track is one of those originals, as it shuffles along a la mid-1950s B.B. King. Ironically, he covers a couple mid-1950s B.B. King tracks--"Bad Case of Love" and the Jay McShann-penned "Confessin' the Blues." The track here that's an absolute jaw-dropper--especially if you're from these parts--is the swamp-pop weeper "Evangeline." You'll swear you've heard this song on an old Guitar Gable or Cookie and the Cupcakes 45, but you haven't. It's a Big Joe original. Another witty original is "Property Line," which "borrows" the arrangement from Israel "Popper Topper" Tolbert's "Big Leg Woman." So is the telling lament of the nine-to-five grind "Face the Facts." Definitely recommended to those with a taste for the blues.--Jeff Hannusch, OffBeat Magazine, April 2011 issue, [...]
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