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December 2000

James Wheeler
Can't Take It
Delmark Records

A traditional approach is taken by James Wheeler on Can't Take It. The Chicago native and prolific songwriter exudes a relaxed, knowing authority on originals like "Who Loves You Baby?," "These Hard Hard Times" and "Wasting My Time," while dropping in touches of down-home humor and worldly insights on tunes like "The Weaker Sex," "This Can't Be Happening to Me," "I Can't Take It" and "She's Gonna Pay." Simple, grounded, no-nonsense blues from the soulful elder with a milk chocolate voice. Great support throughout by Chicago stalwarts Ken Saydak on piano, Billy Flynn on guitar, Bob Stroger on bass, Marty Binder on drums and Ron Sorin on harmonica.

Originally published in December 2000
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