Nine Lives

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A dizzying blend of American roots music styles anchored by harpist/singer Rick Estrin's wry, streetwise lyrics and guitarist Little Charlie Baty's otherworldly fretwork. NINE LIVES proves these 'Cats are still at the top of their game.

"If "Nine Lives" is any indication, Estrin is really coming into his own as a songwriter. The 13-song CD features all original material, with Estrin having penned 11 songs and Baty having composed two instrumentals. Several songs are standouts. "Keep Your Big Mouth Shut" opens the CD on a funky note, as Baty's tasteful guitar fills work hand in hand with sly saxophone lines. "Circling the Drain" is a wonderfully deliberate slow blues tune ---- and a rare occasion to hear Estrin in a lyrically serious mood. On the shuffling "So Good," the group deftly blends in a little country with the blues. "Don't Cha Do Nothing" adds doo-wop and a hint of rockabilly to the group's sound. "Sugar Daddy Sweet" is a wonderfully greasy blues tune that showcases Estrin's harmonica playing."