Ted Roddy & Big Foot Chester
The Wolf That Howls (Ghost Highway Recordings)
Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Fri., Aug. 30, 2013
Black vinyl – with marshmallow inlay – blues, spinning an A-side cover of the genre's Dylan, Willie Dixon, and the flip side honoring Howlin' Wolf. Cut locally last year at Million Dollar Sound, Roddy blows harp, and fellow Austin harpcat Walter Daniels with his Big Foot Chester band backs him. Roddy's round-mouthed, Big Muddy delivery – part swamp, part Fat Possum, all joogle – shines on the bulked-up B-side, beefy in mouth brass and swing. Juke joint drive with Sixties ballroom finesse, only its fade at the end hurts.