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Last Time I Saw You

by MIcrowave Dave & The Nukes

Veteran Deep South band internationally known for blues and blues by-products releases their seventh album of original roots music.
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2. Jesus Was Smart
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3. I've Got a Bet With Myself
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4. The Worst Thing
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5. Tire Man
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6. Alabama Saturday Night
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7. Last Time I Saw You
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8. Hydraulic Grind
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9. All Nite Boogie
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10. Goin' Downtown
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11. Cadillac Ride
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Microwave Dave & the Nukes Last Time I Saw You

If visions of potentially lethal sound rays are conjured, your assumption is right on. The incendiary blues guitar masher Microwave Dave Gallaher and his devastating Nukes will irradiate your body and soul with nourishing, life-affirming music. Born in Chicago, raised in Texas, served in Viet Nam, attended Berklee School of Music, mentored by Johnny Shines and lives in Alabama speaks of serious street cred for Gallaher. He formed the Nukes in 1989 and three years behind Jerry “Boogie” McCain and gigs backing Bo Diddley helped inform six previous house rocking albums. Last Time I Saw You continues the endless party as a healing proscriptive.

With Rick Godfrey (bass, harmonica) and James Irvin (drums, percussion), Gallaher puts the “power” in power trio on the ten originals and two cover tracks (and one joke track) that are both intelligent and booty-shaking. The funky, chunky “Drinkin’ Wine Since Nine” is the hippest boozing song since “Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee” as Dave describes imbibing with wry humor and Irvin channels New Orleans legend Earl Palmer. The bopping shuffle “Jesus Was Smart” contains lyric content possibly never addressed before with Dave listing romantic complaints lodged against him before dropping the bomb, “Jesus was smart not to marry.” “I’ve Got a Bet with Myself” by David Elliot gooses the energy level and sonic assault with a roaring, pile-driving boogie that could have graced Exile on Main Street, while showcasing the “sock in the ear” rhythm section of Godfrey and Irvin.

The melancholy ballad “The Worst Thing” proves that Gallaher cannot only melt the strings on his axe, but also caress them with sweet tenderness while soulfully crooning with heart-tugging emotion. The laconic, funky “Tire Man,” featuring Dave on drums and “Cigtone” cigar box guitar, uses the rubber on the road as a metaphor with a string of titillating double-entendres like, “I get high on your rack, baby, thinking I might get rotated.” The Gulf Coast/”second line”/Bo Diddley beat of Billy C. Farlow’s “Alabama Saturday Night” spotlights bass man extraordinaire Godfrey blowing squawky harp and Irvin drumming loose and limber. The title track shows Dave’s inventive rhythm/lead guitar playing and Irvin’s churning drumming produces a rocking cha cha beat with a sumptuous zydeco flavor. The funny 0.13 of a Dodge van winch on “Hydraulic Grind” precedes “All Nite Boogie.” Providing a tantalizing taste of the Nukes “live and sweating,” the relentless, breathless rave-up contains Dave and Irvin in the instrumental interludes sounding like the Who at their most explosive.

The one-chord Hill Country “Goin’ Downtown” stomps like a plow horse breaking hard ground as Dave tantalizes the object of his desire with, “We’re gonna bark like a dog, jump like a frog, gonna eat like a hog, then we’ll sleep like a log, when we go downtown.” Stepping out of his master rhythm guitar persona, he pummels his strings with a couple of ear-bending, corkscrew solos. Maintaining the momentum, Dave next chugs and slides on his “Lowebow” guitar on “Cadillac Ride” in a classic road song. “Vagabundos” takes a left turn and arrives somewhere between “Malaguena” and Dick Dale with Dave singing in Spanish about “vagabonds.” From there it is a short step to the closing instrumental “Rafferty.” Reminiscent of Hendrix’ “Third Stone from the Sun,” it is a majestic two-chord composition with gentle melodies and dynamics that build to a dramatic, double-time climax.

None other than author Stephen King has written about Microwave Dave: “…That electric slide guitar will change your way of life.” He might have added that the pure, positive exuberance of an exceptionally genuine blues cat and his band can provide the roadmap.

Dave Rubin
2005 KBA winner in Journalism

Veteran Deep South roots trio Microwave Dave & The Nukes delivers their seventh and most original disc to date in the late 2011 release, Last Time I Saw You. Leaning heavily on the blues by-products sector of their large repertoire, bassist Rick Godfrey, drummer James Irvin and Microwave Dave’s guitars and vocals propel their characteristic rhythm drive, energy and buzz, but with a touch of polish and studio finesse on ten originals and two covers that comprise the album.
Two and three-chord songs without bridges abound on Last Time I Saw You. “Jesus Was Smart” originally appeared as a solo piece on Goodnight Dear but is given a contemporary country blues treatment here. A stomping “Goin’ Downtown” seeks to entice a significant other into a weeknight date, but “Drinkin’ Wine Since Nine” illustrates what happens when such an occasion lacks moderation with Microwave Dave’s blustery tone chasing a wobbly 1958 New Orleans shuffle through an intoxicated evening.
Cigar box guitars texturize a sliding “Cadillac Ride,” the double-entendre laden “Tire Man” and Billy C. Farlow’s “Alabama Saturday Night” (with Rick Godfrey on harmonica). Rick’s title cut draws from the Nukes’ time spent backing Bo Diddley, bypassing the standard Bo beat in favor of his later-fifties cha cha style. “I’ve Got a Bet with Myself” (a Levon Helm Muscle Shoals gem) is entirely retooled into Tex-trio rock with Dave adding new lyrics, and “All Nite Boogie’s” aerobic shuffle storms its way onto the record having closed hundreds of MD&N live shows.
Departures for the Nukes include surf-driven rocker “Vagabundos” sung in Spanish with a nifty drum feature from James, and “Rafferty,” a two-chord instrumental that sails through a suite of grooves before arriving at the huge finale that closes the disc. However, it’s “The Worst Thing,” a left-handed love song with sparkling guitar atop an arresting progression that is the most significant curve ball MD&N throws the listener on Last Time I Saw You.



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Blues Blast Magazine

Good times abound... accomplished bluesmen and first-rate musicians
13 tracks / 53:20

I am a sucker for clever band names and Microwave Dave and the Nukes is a winning handle that gives a hint of the good times music they play. Good times abound on their seventh album which is mostly blues-based music, but ends up having a little bit of everything in it. Don’t worry though, because all of these songs groove.

There are ten original tracks, along with two cover tunes and a bonus track of mechanical noise (an automotive winch, or so I have been told). Much of the original material is written by guitarist and vocalist “Microwave” Dave Gallaher, who founded this group in 1989. The Nukes consist of James Irvin on drums and Rick Godfrey on the bass and harp, completing this Alabama-based trio; all three are all accomplished bluesmen and first-rate musicians.

The album kicks off with “Drinkin’ Wine Since Nine”, which grinds but (like all liquor-themed songs) does not have the most intellectual lyrics. If you were not previously familiar with the band, this delta-inspired track provides a perfect introduction for Dave’s growly voice and dirty slide guitar work, as well as the tight and adventuresome duo of Irvin and Godfrey.

As I said earlier, there is a little bit of everything here and the second track “Jesus was Smart”, shifts into a countrified shuffle and provides the listeners with some clever and smart-alecky lyrics.

And the surprises just keep on coming. I have been listening to blues for a while now, and cannot remember the last time I heard a full-fledged lengthy bass solo on a blues album, but “I’ve got a Bet with Myself” delivers one, along with a fine selection of AC/DC to ZZ Top up-tempo rock riffs.

The journey through the album finally slows down for a lovely blues ballad, “The Worst Thing” which provides Dave with the opportunity to show off some truly soulful guitar work. His voice and guitar work magically together.

I cannot resist the Billy C. Farlow cover tune, “Alabama Saturday Night”, which has a tough Bo Diddley beat to it, thanks in no small part to the thumping drums laid down by James Irvin and some pretty sweet harp work by Godfrey.

“All Night Boogie” is indeed a boogie, and features impressive Keith Moon-esque drumming throughout, almost like a drum solo that happens to have a blues song happening on top of it. James Irvin is very talented, and his playing throughout is considerably more complicated than what is found on more conventional blues albums. This song has really stuck with me and is my favorite on the album, so kudos for doing something a little bit differently, gentlemen.

Heading into the final half of this CD, there are twists and turns through the influences of the Appalachians, and possibly Memphis, before things get decidedly weird (in a good way).

You will see what I mean, because as the album ends, it takes a couple of unexpected turns, first with “Vagabundos”, a surf tune with Gallaher providing Spanish vocals in his distinctive baritone, and then with “Rafferty”, a 7-minute AOR instrumental that is amazingly melodic . Microwave Dave and the Nukes have provided a little something for everybody on this album, and it is quite a trip!

By now you probably realize that this is not strictly a blues album, but overall is great entertainment and a lot of these songs have made it onto the playlist I am putting together for my next party. I think Last Time I Saw You will appeal to most blues followers, and I think you should give it a listen.

Reviewer Rex Bartholomew is a Los Angeles-based writer and musician.

Boston Blues Society

"Outlook on life and love is so uproariously hilarious..."
By Lady K
May 2012

Soooo, Microwave Dave and the Nukes . . . Lady K assumed she was going to be listening to some totally psychedelic band that thought they were playing the blues. Oh, and by the way; and every now and then Lady K is wrong (hard to believe, but true). Microwave Dave is Dave Gallaher; and according to the promo sheet that accompanied this CD, he was born in Chicago, raised in Texas, served in Vietnam, attended Berklee School of Music, and now lives in Alabama. So, a heart-felt thank-you to Microwave Dave for his service to country back in the day, and now we thank him for the blues on “Last Time I Saw You.” The Nukes are Rick Godfrey (bass, harmonica) and James Irvin (drums). Microwave Dave wrote all but two of the tunes on this CD, and also does vocals, guitars, percussion, lowebow, cigtone and a bit of drumming (and no, Lady K doesn’t know how all of that music comes out of those ‘box’ guitars – it just does . . . and it always amazes her).

By now most everyone who reads Lady K’s musings knows that she is missing the country-western gene and has ‘issues’ with music that twangs. Luckily, while there are a few tunes that sorta-kinda lean toward a bit of a country sound, they did not make Lady K want to turn the disk into a Frisbee and toss it out onto the beach; mostly because Microwave Dave’s outlook on life and love and people is so uproariously hilarious on most of the 11 original tunes; in addition to the really good blues music, with killer guitar and percussion. Covers include David Elliot’s hard-driving up-tempo “I’ve Got a Bet with Myself” and Billy C. Farlow’s “Alabama Saturday Night” (borderline twang on this one and Lady K swears she heard a horse clopping in the background).

The mid-tempo “Drinkin’ Wine Since Nine” sort of describes a night out in the life of any-man (or woman). “Been drinkin’ wine since 9 . . . feelin’ mighty fine . . . been makin’ friends since 10 . . . friends who I know I might not ever see again, those people who’ve been my friends since 10. Been up-steppin’ since 11 . . . never knew I could dance so fine. (they) told me I was through at 2 . . . put me out on the street ‘bout 3.” See? Just a normal night out – we’ve all had ‘em!!

Track two is an up-tempo shuffle, with some heavy, rocking guitar and a completely different outlook on life and love. He says he’s been “lied on, lied to and lied about . . . been called a cheater, a beater and a bum . . . ‘Jesus Was Smart’ not to mate . . . been called heavy and horny and hairy . . . ‘Jesus Was Smart’ not to marry.” Too funny; a bit cynical; possibly written after one of those wine-drinkin’ nights; definitely lyrics that I wasn’t expecting to hear on a blues album.

“The Worst Thing” is slow, with some bluesy-sexy guitar, and (again) a different way of describing a new romance. “Whatever happened to that feeling, the one that’s been here for so long? I was standing, but now I’m kneeling and I don’t know what’s going on.” Phrases that describe the way that his life used to be - the life he’d been used to living. And then . . . things change and “now I know what happened to that feeling; that status quo I couldn’t lose . . . I was hurt but now I’m healing; wearing new holes in my dancing shoes.” He sings to his new love “you’re the worst thing that ever happened to the blues.”

“Tire Man” – it’s catchy, and up-beat; equating life and love to being a tire-man (yes, really). “I’m a tire man – must be why I’m getting tired of you . . . I’m so much finer than those recaps you were running before . . . I’m a tire-man baby, ain’t gonna be your spare.” More laughs follow on the up-tempo, zydeco number, “Last Time That I Saw You.” Try to follow me now, “the last time that I saw you was gonna be the last time that I saw you . . . the last time that I saw you I made up my mind, if we didn’t work it out, it was gonna be the last time that I saw you. Next time that I saw you, I forgot about the last time that I saw you; it must have slipped my mind about the last time that I saw you. ‘The first time that I saw you, I wish it was the last time that I saw you.” OK, and there’s a track called “Hydraulic Grind”; someone recorded 13 seconds of a Dodge van winch. (Which of course, Lady K recognized immediately. What the hell is a van winch?)

“All Nite Boogie” is super-fast, hard-driving, and a relentless rocker that will make you want to dance, but bet ya can’t keep it up for the 6+ minutes that the tune lasts. Guy’s got nowhere else to go; no place to live; no place to sleep so he’s staying on the dance floor all night; then he woke up on the dance floor, and boogied some more. I don’t think it’s possible to fall asleep during “All Nite Boogie” – and you won’t want to – it’s kick-ass. “Goin’ Downtown” is another uptempo rocker. In this one, he’s tempting her to go out and play. “Week day, work day, what the hell . . . c’mon baby we’re goin’ downtown . . . got cash in my pocket, lock your purse in the trunk . . . you can get a little drunk. We’re ‘Goin’ Downtown’.”

Every bluesman loves a road song, and in the mid-tempo “Cadillac Ride” he and his lowebow are heading to Memphis, to Beale Street, looking for that “Cadillac Ride.” It’ll make ya want to sing along. Which you’ll also want to do with the up-tempo “Vagabundos.” The tune has a flamenco feel, and unless you can speak Spanish, you’ll not be singing along as Microwave Dave sings the whole tune in Spanish. The Last Time I Saw You ends with the addictive mid-tempo track named “Rafferty.” This is an enjoyable CD; you’ll want to listen more than once!!!

No Depression magazine

"No doubt one of the best self produced blues and roots albums of the year."
Dave Gallaher, aka Microwave Dave, is such a fixture in the community of Huntsville AL that in 2009 the local baseball club The Huntsville Stars created a bobble head in his honor. Well guitar man and DJ, Microwave Dave and his power trio The Nukes have just released their seventh album, ”Last Time I Saw You.” Dave is once again joined by long time songwriting partner Rick Godfrey on bass and harmonica and the exciting young drummer James Irvin. The thirteen song set impeccably recorded by Jeremy Stephens at Clearwave Studios is no doubt one the best self produced blues and roots albums of the year.
Right out the gate opening track “Drinkin’ Wine Since Nine,” hits with a growling guitar, Dave’s unmistakable rumblin’ baritone and one of the greasiest second line grooves ever, conjuring up all the ghosts of the delta for a party. Dave and Godfrey are poets with a rapier wit delivering scouring sarcasm on southern fried slide guitar and house rockin’ riffs. Lines like “Jesus was smart not to mate,” and “you’re the worst thing that ever happened to the blues,” make it hard to decide which of the three great tracks, ”Jesus Was Smart,” “The Worst Thing,” and “Last Time I Saw You,” as the winner for the ultimate “Man Cave” anthem.
Kit man Irvin displays his arsenal of chops on the Bo Diddley beat of Billy C Farlow's “Alabama Saturday Night,” and the supersonic “All Night Boogie.” So great to hear the drums up front on a blues album, as the genre is often so very guitar centric. The album closes with a heartfelt instrumental simply titled “Rafferty,” no doubt an ode to the late great Gerry Rafferty delivered with dynamic gusto.
Last Time I Saw You is a great album, and should no doubt bring about many first time views and listens to these veteran blues men.
Rick J Bowen

Rootstime (Belgium)

"This blues band has developed into world class."
Microwave Dave Gallaher. Born in Chicago, raised in Texas served in Vietnam,
studied at the Berklee School of Music, mentored by Johnny Shines.
Microwave Dave & The Nukes , formed in 1989, a Huntsville/ Alabama resident trio,
played many successful shows, have six albums of which "American Peasant" (2004)
and "Down South Nukin'" from 2006 are most important. This last album is a live album which
production lay in the hands of the legendary Johnny Sandlin, a man who via the band Hourglass
was responsible for the formation of the Allman Brothers Band. And now after three years working with
Jerry "Boogie" McCain and backing the late Bo Diddley,
Microwave Dave & The Nukes are back with their latest album, "Last Time I Saw You".
Meanwhile this blues band developed into world class.
Their raw southern-style blues even surprises blues newbies.

Besides the excellent guitarist Dave Gallaher this band consists of Rick Godfrey (bass and harmonica)
and James Irvin (drums and percussion), together a versatile trio whose sound and vibe is comparable
to a band like Omar & The Howlers, because of the more intelligent lyrics and energetic guitar-driven music.

The opening track, the funky "Drinking Wine Since Nine" is a great start and
leads to a shuffle "Jesus Was Smart", a song with a more Stax Memphis sound.
This song sets the tone for an album filled with simple truths. 10 of the thirteen songs are
written by Dave himself. The first cover "I've Got A Bet With Myself" sounds like a Savoy Brown
blues song from their early years. After the melancholic "The Worst Thing", a vintage Delta-style ballad,
we hear Gallaher on drums for the first time and on 'Cigtone' cigar box guitar in the funky "Tire Man".

Then follows the second cover, Billy C. Farlow's "Alabama Saturday Night" with Rick Godfrey
on harmonica and Dave on Cigtone. Half way we arrive at the title track
"Last Time I Saw You", this song has a Buddy Holly garage feel and next "All Night Boogie" sounds
as it should: a ripping boogie, where everybody gives all he's got and this will definitely be the live favorite.
"Goin 'Downtown" is also a nice boogie blues. These last two songs show that thanks to lots of touring
Dave & the Nukes know very well how to entertain their audience.In a more
Memphis style "Cadillac Ride" we hear Gallaher on Lowebow guitar. In "Vagabundos" Dave goes Dick Dale
and sings in Spanish about 'vagabonds'.
Closing tune, "Rafferty" is a nearly seven-minute melodic instrumental that sounds like a lost track of the
Allman Brothers, and reminds of Hendrix' "Third Stone from the Sun" at times.

Microwave Dave still plays the blues with as much passion and fire as in the early days,
with his distinctive deep voice, always hoarse and powerful.
"Last Time I Saw You" consists of 13 great songs,which are for a big part American "white" blues and roots.
What sets him apart from the average blues rock group from across the pond is the fact that
his roots lie in his great heroes: Bo Diddley, JB Hutto and Hound Dog Taylor.
His blues is therefore firmly rooted in the black tradition.
The accompanying music, in addition to the typical and rudimentary guitar work of the master himself,
fits well. This is mainly due to the growth that this band
has gone through in recent years, though the variety in their repertoire remains the same.

Rock Over America

"...the rare band that delivers all that the band name implies."
Microwave Dave & The Nukes are the rare band that delivers all that the band
name implies. With a powerful approach to the Blues they have the ability to
melt you to the core. Dave, along with Rick Godfrey (bass & harp) and James
Irvin (drums) deliver track after track of amazing music.

Dig the shuffle? Then "Jesus Was Smart" is your track. What stood out though
were the lyrics with the hilarious punch line that I won't give away. Do you
prefer more of a boogie? "I've Got A Bet With Myself" is the one for you. It
definitely showcases the rhythm section. Personally, "All Night Boogie" was
my favorite. It's got an undeniable energy that you simply can't ignore.

There are also a few tracks that give you a bit of a reprieve from the high
energy tracks. "The Worst Thing" is beautifully melancholy. "Rafferty"
starts with a gentleness that belies the unexpected and dramatic turn it

This isn't the first release by this band, and I'm pretty secure in the
statement that it won't be the last. No matter what you like about the
Blues, you're going to find something on this CD that makes you happy. I can
think of very few voices as well suited to the music, and musicians with the
talent to pull this CD off. Any serious Blues fan without this in their
collection is missing the boat completely.
Melissa Martinez

Living Blues

"... the soundtrack to an evening of barnstorming blues bliss."
If George Thorogood and the Destroyers, the Stray Cats and Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials combined their
signature sounds with the tavern wisdom of a Hank WIlliams hillbilly howl, you might get something like
Microwave Dave & the Nukes. The Alabama trio, once praised by the pen of legendary author Stephen King,
who told readers that Dave's slide guitar "will change your way of life," are back with their latest,
Last Time I Saw You. This self-produced record is filled with the sort hip-shakin' chicken gristle the
guys have been pumping out since their days backing Jerry "Boogie" McCain. Dave's ice-cool delivery and
the Nukes' derailed freight train accompaniment are the soundtrack to an evening of barnstorming blues bliss.

The band consists of well-traveled and schooled musicians by this point, after two decades of roadwork, the
band is a well-oiled machine. Dave and the boys (longtime bassist Rick Godfrey and drummer since the mid
2000's James Irvin) ramble through cuts like the rude shuffle of Drinkin' Wine Since Nine, Dave's beer-
goggled lyrical play recounting the hours 'til closing time ("been drinkin' wine since nine/makin' friends
since ten/up steppin' since eleven/ain't been myself since twelve/come undone by one"). Jesus Was Smart
relies heavily on Dave's reverbed-to-kingdom-come picking, his notes bending and skewing throughout the
track, which is a more fleshed-out arrangement of the original first heard on the band's 1995 Goodnight,
Dear release.

The band turns a cover of the 1982 Levon Helm rocker I've Got a Bet with Myself on its ear with a sneering,
garage-rock treatment and mid-song bass/drums breakdown, easily one of the most infectious cuts on the
record. Goin' Downtown has that greaser, Gretsch-wrecking rockabilly attitude and vibe, Dave's grizzly-
like growl bottoming out to imply that extra air of trouble walkin'. A late highlight is Cadillac Ride,
which features Dave playing a Lowebow, a cigar box-type guitar which Dave uses in his "one man band"
performances around Alabama. Guitar lovers will also undoubtedly enjoy Vagabundos, a classic Ventures-
meets-Junior-Brown minor-key surf theme, sung by Dave in Spanish.

Throwing caution to the wind, Microwave Dave & the Nukes rely on Delta-scare tactics, country-fried backbone,
and plenty of greasy sarcasm to get them through this roughneck houserocker of a record.

--Mark Uricheck


Three piece bands rarely sound this comprehensive!
Exceptional Good Time

I last heard and reviewed a Microwave Dave & the Nukes CD, Atomic Electric (2003), and stupidly let them fall through the many cracks in my gray matter. Now rectified, I am pleased to experience their growling, thumping, groovalicious tunes again.

Tongue-in-cheek lyrics are aptly displayed on many tunes, like “Jesus Was Smart,” “Tire Man,” and “Drinkin’ Wine Since Nine.” Scorchin’ electric cigar box licks abound, along with Bo Diddley beats (who Dave Gallaher backed up many times live) slide alongside unexpectedly sweet ballads, like “The Worst Thing.” The Nukes live show gets represented on quite a few tunes, including “All Night Boogie,” “Goin’ Downtown,” and the surf boogie of “Vagabundos,” while “Rafferty” is a definite show-stopping instrumental. Three-piece bands rarely sound this comprehensive!

The Nukes were formed in 1989, which included a three-year stint as Jerry”‘Boogie” McCain‘s back-up band. Microwave Dave’s labors as a blues DJ were tapped for a W.C. Handy award in 1995.

I highly recommend this exceptional, good-time album to all blues and boogie fans.

Beardo is a contributing editor at BluesWax

Roots Music Report

"The cure for the common blues lyric... several cuts above the pack."
Last Time I Saw You
The cure for the common blues lyric can be found within the first several tracks of this (high-spirited) set. Chicago-born, Texas-bred guitarist Microwave Dave (Gallaher) growls his way through classic blues scenarios with a lyrical style both streetwise and witty and with a knack for phrase-turning several cuts above the pack. Sample "Drinkin' Wine Since Nine and "The Worst Thing." Bassist Rick Godfrey shows off respectable lyrical skill himself, having penned the title track. Grooves are solid throughout and drummer James Irvin is a basher par excellence when the situation warrants.
Duane Verh

Reviewed By: Duane Verh

Blues in the Northwest (UK)

Microwave Dave cooks up a storm. Thoroughly recommended.
Now then, what’s cookin’ here . . . turn on full power for 53 mins 29 secs . . . heck it’s hot and smokin’, stir well and examine contents . . . mmm, nice, a heady stew of blues and boogie, all served up with southern fries.

Microwave Dave Gallaher’s seventh album is a big guitar tour de force, not that it’s all a rocking blast (he can do the subtle and tender stuff, tune in to the world-weary ballad “The Worst Thing” for instance) but it’s mainly an affirmation of the variety in all things guitar blues.

Power duo The Nukes add the right punch as Gallaher’s wet gravel voice overlays a top selection of rocking roots music. The man is at his most explosive on the glorious one-chord country mega-stomp ”Goin’ Downtown”, not for the only time on this set, it’s a blues-rock master class. Billy Gibbons would certainly approve and he would surely be nodding approval too in the direction of “I’ve Got A Bet With Myself”, a boogie blast built on the so-solid rhythm of drummer James Irvin and bass man Rick Godfrey. The latter adds chugging harp to Billy C Farlow’s “Alabama Saturday Night” which has a powerhouse drum intro that should have you cranking up that volume.

The title track sees the trio stepping out into Louisiana mood with Gallaher strutting his own rhythm and lead duet to great effect. Microwave Dave cooks up a storm. Thoroughly recommended.


Cheapo Music Web Magazine (Italy)

"...brilliant guitar...never fall back on established melodies and craft..."
The trio Microwave Dave & The Nukes is the seventh album, 20 years between the U.S. and Europe but roaring vocalist Microwave-Gallaher was born in Chicago but grew up in Texas-we are accustomed to warm fluctuations in rock and blues, lead with the rasping voice that often gives way to clear thinking 'copyright' alcohol / religious and philosophical exchanges and brilliant guitar as in starting drinkin 'Since Nine and Wine Jesus Was Smart. It is still not high time that someone points to the Sunset Boulevard, Last Time I Saw You have decorative material, sometimes gruff jerks as in I've Got a Bet With Myself and All Nite Boogie, but fails to open with a guitar and harmonic two breaches in The Worst Thing and Alabama Saturday Night glimpse where other faces of a blues classic. There are traces that remain of the long paths traveled by Microwave Dave & The Nukes (Rick Godfrey on bass and harmonica and percussion James Irvin to complete the trio), and never fall back on established melodies and craft (Vagabundos expresses well the concept), such that the phlegmatic but hospitable Tire Man, the remarkable riffs of Goin 'Downtown and the final 7 minutes of Rafferty (plus the trip on the Mississippi Sound Cadillac Ride), give full recognition that Last Time I Saw You is able to produce signs resistant, long lasting. (Google translation)
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