Darrell Nulisch: The Whole Truth

Texas singer Darrell Nulisch, a founding member of Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets and former associate of guitarist Ronnie Earl, bears his soul on The Whole Truth (Severn Records 0003; 48:26). From rootsy originals like the bouncy shuffle “Stop Thinking Take (Start Thinking Give)” and the southern soul ballad “There It Is” to well chosen covers of Percy Sledge’s “Love Me Like You Mean It,” George Harmonica Smith’s “Telephone Blues,” Pop Staples’ “I’m A Lover” and Smokey Robinson’s “There’s a Sad Story Here,” Nulisch exudes a husky Jimmy McCracklin/Delbert McClinton quality that goes down easy. He also brandishes a cool blues harp on the mellow shuffle “Like Reed,” his tribute to Jimmy Reed. Top shelf ‘blue-eyed soul.’