The band is a veteran 3 piece, fronted by Uncle Don supplying hot guitar licks, vocals, and sledgehammer wit, and supported by the most capable Ed Shelton on bass and Rick
Austin on drums. Shelton also provides hilarious impressions of various US presidents at the end of "Disco Sucks", which demonstrate that he is multi talented, a comic genius, and
perhaps in need of some professional intervention.
When you read in the liner notes that a CD was recorded in the "God This Room Is A Mess" studios, followed by the words "Unauthorized Duplication Encouraged", you know
you have encountered an unusual recording, to say the least. This is indeed the case concerning the latest creation from the Georgia based Uncle Don's Bullet-Proof Blues Band.
As evidenced by the aforementioned notations in the liner notes, this is truly an unusual recording, in that it combines both a considerable dose of tongue in cheek humor with
smoldering blues/rock served up Southern style. Uncle Don (AKA Don East) and company have combined forces to produce a recording which will be both soothing to the common
blues/rock addicts of the world while simultaneously irritating the politically correct set.
Their style is very classic southern/blues/rock, the songs all Don East original tracks, augmented by three "statement" tracks, in which the band clearly proclaims their
dislike for rap, disco, and snuff toting types in general. OK, so maybe the boys have not totally matured, but most of us middle aged types who are honest with themselves will
admit that there is still a bit of adolescent in all of us. Please do not lose site of the fact that, despite these humorous declarations, the serious songs in this set are
seriously good. And, after all, this is supposed to be entertainment, and I found this recording to be quite entertaining. This recording is kind of indicative of what might have
happened if a young Mel Brooks had chanced to attend a Bo Diddley concert and chosen to pursue another career path-a somewhat frightening, yet curiously interesting
If you have no sense of humor or your family tree does not fork, you may want to bypass the comedy for the balance of the recording, which is all very good. My favorites
on the set are the red hot opener "Majic Fingers", the blistering slow blues guitar laced "I'm Gonna Leave You", a beautifully sensitive instrumental "Dickey", and the electric
slide rich "Georgia Boogie". But, if you do not take yourself too seriously, you are liable to enjoy the entire CD.
"Dare To Suck-The Chanukah Sessions" is available through the official web site of Uncle Don's Bullet-Proof Blues Band at www.doneast.com .
P.S. Disco sucks, this recording does not.