Rick Tobey | Chickenhead Blues

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Chickenhead Blues

by Rick Tobey

Blues man, playin dem chickenhead blues. Traditional and original Delta Blues and other musical adventures…
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Just Want to Make Love to You
5:42 $0.99
2. Mr Bad Luck
4:17 $0.99
3. Honeybun
4:57 $0.99
4. St James Infirmary
4:38 $0.99
5. Jack Daniels
3:39 $0.99
6. Drifter's Blues
5:43 $0.99
7. Showbiz Blues
4:42 $0.99
8. It Takes a Lot of Laugh
4:03 $0.99
9. Statesboro Blues
5:07 $0.99
10. I'm in Trouble
4:14 $0.99
11. If You Got the Time
6:32 $0.99
12. Travelin' Riverside Blues
4:05 $0.99
13. You My Baby
5:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
Rick “The Conqueroo” Tobey
Born in a south Louisiana chicken coop with a bottle neck on my little finger and a guitar in my hand. Been playin’ dem Chickenhead Blues for a thousand years, from the Mississippi Delta to the North Carolina Piedmont, from the Cape Fear River Basin to the rolling hills of Virginia. The Chickenhead Blues Band won the 2007 Cape Fear Blues Society Blues Challenge and went on to perform at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.



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Dan Willging

Reviewed in OFFBEAT MAGAZINE, New Orleans. January, 2005
Witness a harmonica rack strapped, fedora-outfitted dude playing a National Resophonic axe and chances are he’s a pedantic purist playing only the obscurest Delta material. Yet, given Rick Tobey’s unusual take, all preconceived notions derail right there. His repeated North Carolina migrations have left this New Jersey refugee-Louisiana transplant with an unmistakable Piedmont stamp that’s melded with a Mississippi Delta identity. That’s enough to turn things upside down which he adroitly does with Willie Dixons’s “I Just Want to Make Love to You” and Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues”. Tobey’s not anybody’s Blind Mississippi wannabe, which explains the African percussion dancing around his nimble fretwork, steel shaving slide and banshee-shaving harmonica wailing. Sometimes it feels as if it’s eerie blues for werewolves (“Mr. Bad Luck”, “If You Got the Time”) while others (“Honeybun”) are laid back enough, they’re guaranteed not to harsh your mellow. Occasionally he straps on a ’57 Gibson Les Paul Jr. and rocks out (“I’m in Trouble”). “You My Baby” is even better- a John Lee Hooker-meets Duane Allman type of encounter backed by bass and keys. Good stuff from a guy who devours the whole chicken, including the head.