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March 2001

Daddy Mack Blues Band
Fix It When I Can
Inside Memphis

The Daddy Mack Blues Band states its agenda in bold, house-rockin' terms on Fix It When I Can. The influence of Albert King and B.B. King weighs heavily on Memphis guitarist-bandleader Daddy Mack Orr-and this is a good thing. He comes across strictly old school on winning originals like "The Weekend," "Giving You My Money" and the minor-key lament "Razor Blade," which carries the striking line: "Baby, I'd slide down a razor into a pool of alcohol to be with you." One detour from this old-school route is Daddy Mack's nasty, distortion-laced instrumental version of Donny Hathaway's "The Ghetto," which sounds more Carlos Santana than B.B. or Albert King. Elsewhere, he stings on the driving instrumental "Daddy Mack Shuffle" and testifies passionately on the slow blues "You Left Me One Time."

Originally published in March 2001
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