Reminiscent of Roger Chapman from Family


The band Duke And The Drivers had been on the Boston music scene since 1973, and in the years to come they earned a reputation as a crisp R&B party combo. For a long time the unmistakable frontman was Jo Lily, given the stage name Sam Deluxe. At the beginning of the second millennium AD he left the Drivers and founded The Mystix a little later, without making any significant stylistic changes. In the meantime the band can present their seventh album, named after a song by Scottish blues rocker Frankie Miller: “Can’t Change It”. The trademark remains the heavily roughened vocals by Jo Lily with a beautiful vibrato – reminiscent of Roger Chapman from Family! There are only four original compositions by Jo Lily on the CD (once in collaboration with his guitarist Bobby Keyes). The rest are more or less well-known cover versions, starting with Bob Dylan’s “Outlaw Blues” from 1965, over two songs by Frankie Miller to an homage to the Rolling Stones with “Backstreet Girl”. The trendy retro number “Dreamers Holiday”, which Perry Como made the hit parades in 1949, falls a bit out of the stylistic framework. Legendary guests are at the band’s side for some tracks: Charlie McCoy, a country harp idol who is almost 80 years old, oils his harmonica with a “Bottle Of Whiskey”, the English pedal steel artist BJ Cole refines the indestructible band’s slogan “Let’s Get Started “And the two brothers Luther & Cody Dickinson from the North Mississippi Allstars bring the famous RL Burnside number“ Jumper In The Line ”to dance with slide guitar and washboard… an authentic collection of gospel, blues and roots rock.