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The 44s – Twist the Knife

After seven long years, The 44s return with Twist The Knife, a new album of blues-fired rocket fuel that pays homage to the greats while keeping a firm eye fixed on the future. Bandleader Johnny Main spent the past few years rebuilding the 44s with an all-new lineup, and the result is the best album of the band’s long and storied career. “This is the first time I’ve really been able to stretch,” says Main, whose guitar playing is the core of the 44s sound. His expert string work leads the band through a 33-minute rock and roll reclamation that spans everything from psyche-delic blues-rock to vintage Michigan Avenue grooves and more. “When you get right down to it, this album is about perseverance,” he explains. “I was at a point where I had to decide whether or not to keep going, to keep this band alive. All those guys we look up to, like Muddy, Wolf, Albert Collins, Lightnin’ Hopkins… they kept going right up until they died. I want this record to serve as a tribute to them, their inspiration is why I started this band almost 20 years ago, and its what keeps driving us today.”

The 44’s are:
Johnny Main – Vocals, Guitar
Eric Von Herzen – Harmonica
Mike Hightower – Bass
Gary Ferguson – Drums
Junior Watson – Guitar

1) Cutting Deep (3:20) J Main
2) Sugar You (3:32) R Berry
3) Howlin’ (4:17) C Burnett
4) Champagne and Reefer (4:43) M
5) Too Many Drivers (3:19) S Hopkins
6) Rosie (6:45) D Bramhall II
7) Helsinki (3:46) J Harman
8) 44’s Shue (2:47) A Walker

Release Date: May 17, 2019
Label: Rip Cat Records

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