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Black Toppin’ by The Cash Box Kings

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

The Cash Box Kings new release for the Blind Pig Records label has March roaring like a lion. Black Toppin’ starts out with “Blues Falling Down On Me”, a great jumpy little number that sets the stage for the entire album. Joe Nosek (harmonica and vocals) wrote the song along with four other hot (when I say hot I mean cool) tunes. The other songs are “Trying Really Hard”,” My Tinai”, ”I Don’t Wanna Fight” and “Gimme Some Of That”. Nosek also produced the disc. I’ve been trying to come up with another band to compare them too but, the Kings have a sound that is all their own. They blend soulful blues and reveled rockabilly like no has done before. Oscar Wilson (vocals) wrote three tunes on this album including the title track. “Black Toppin’” is a finger poppin’ song that shares a nonsensical story about a cheating man. The other two Wilson tunes, “Oscar’s Jump” (co-written with lead guitarist Joel Patterson) and “Hot Biscuit Baby” (co-written with Larry Foney) are both toe tappin’ , head shakin’ tunes that should fill the dance floor. The disc has five songs written by non band members, including a kickin’ version of the Willie Dixon classic “Too Late”. The last song is a wonderful version of Lou Reed’s (Velvet Underground) “Run Run Run”. This band is confident enough to cover songs that belong to various genres and make them fit right in with their own home grown songs. The Cash Box Kings are re-creating the excitement in blues music that bands like The Rolling Stones, The Animals and The Yardbirds did in the early sixties. I know the year has just started, but this disc is gonna be hard to beat for “best blues album of the year”. I would suggest that you Run Run Run to your favorite independent brick and mortar record shop and pick up Black Toppin’ by The Cash Box Kings.