Stacy Mitchhart

Stacy Mitchhart
Gotta Get The Feeling Back Again


By Bill Copeland
March 2008

Playing up a storm on his blues Resonator guitar, Stacy Mitchhart doesn’t waste time getting down to doing what the title track of this CD says he’s doing.

The title cut, “Got To Get The Feeling Back Again,” opens this album with more than enough feeling to power the tracks all the way through to the final song.

Not only does Mitchhart play authentic blues, he brings in a fun backbeat that makes me want to move. A CD like this is easy to review. I could sum it up in just four words: It’s good - damn good.

A funky beat and a funky, twisty guitar riff brings to life “I Can’t Get Enough Of Your Lovin’” with backing vocalist Dorothea (Coco) Lorene of Germany adding a sexy texture to the chorus. But it’s the way Mitchhart nails the blues guitar notes with his slide that gives this song its tiny eruptions of cool.

A double shot of Led Zeppelin covers “Black Dog” and “Whole Lotta Love” show Mitchhart’s ability to strip Led Zep down to the blues roots of that bombastic English super group. The call-and-response chorus of “Black Dog” resonates with bluesy side guitar responding to Mitchhart’s husky, handsome voice. “Whole Lotta Love” finds even more of Mitchhart’s powerhouse vocal and slide groove with some keyboard boogie.

A riffy slide guitar sound makes “Blow On ’Em Baby” feel like a train ride across the countryside in a bygone era. Meanwhile, “The Blues Has Got You Bad” has the lyrical content of a writer who knows his way around the blues genre, giving us insights into the painful life of a struggling musician. Here, that lowdown feeling surfaces in a cathartic guitar burning, horn raising piece of beautiful release. Every player adds some extra gravy to this piece, with Mitchhart turning in a glorious, soulful solo.

“Better Off Without You” is a rocking number with blues flavoring. Mitchhart’s blistering high notes sizzle so hot that he can peel the paint off the wall, and he has his horn section rocking just as hard behind him.

Even at a slower tempo, Mitchhart has the juice. He slows it down a bit on “Givin’ Me Reasons,” allowing his backing musicians to show off a bit on piano and saxophone. His vocal charisma and power kept me hooked on the slow burn feel of this tune.

“Doghouse Blues” uses a banjo, a fiddle, and a shuffle beat to conjure up a bit of rockabilly-meets-blues, and a bit of a fun story to follow.

“I’ll Play The Blues For You” brings it on funky with a smooth horn section around his funky riffs and pristine solo. Mitchhart’s guitar sounds so clean you’ll wonder if he found a magical polish to make music shine.

The Allman Brother’s classic rock number, “Whipping Post,” takes off in a rock direction but it’s just as good as the Led Zep covers, because Mitchhart does something clever at the roots level to show where this song is coming from.

Mitchhart’s band includes Jules Caldera (sax,) Paul Brown (keyboard,) Peter Burger (sax,) Cory Distefano (trumpet,) and Darin James (drums.)

Among other treats on this disc are a live version of “Blue Monday,” and a live interactive video you can play on your computer.

There is never a dull moment on this Stacy Mitchhart CD, and he never lowers his standards of adept musical execution.

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