It's the second Ron Hacker
& the Hacksaws album in about as many years, following the
Shad Harris-distinguished Back Door Man
in late 2000, and it shows even further development of Ron Hacker's
relentless and relentlessly authentic driving blues.
How authentic? Hacker covers
Elmore James, Robert Johnson, Fred McDowell, Yank Rachel and
Sonny Boy Williamson. He lays down the fine original title track
instrumental (you can hear the flame) and the autobiographical
Mailman Blues and Prison Mind.
If you don't get wood from
Billy Gibbons' Fool for Your Stockings or Yank Rachel's
Peach Tree Blues you've got something wrong with your
apparatus. This latest version by Ron of Fred McDowell's Red
Cross Store is his best and the best anywhere, and Hacker's
band's groove on Sonny Boy Williamson's Welfare Store
That's Stranger Blues
you're hearing (if your browser works like ours).
That band consists of Artis
"A.J." Joyce on bass and Ronnie Smith on drums. That's
all they need, that and the driving electric guitar of Ron Hacker.
Burnin' was produced by Ron Hacker and
Hacksaw Records. It was recorded at Drake's Studio in San Francisco
by Drake Levin, who mixed it too. Mastered by Mark Willsher, who also mastered Johnny
Nitro's new CD, Trouble.
Tattoo by Henry
Goldfield, San Francisco.
Burnin' is dedicated to Shad Harris.