John Mooney, All I Want

John Morthland

By John Morthland

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A Son House interpreter goes electric.

This slash-and-burn slide guitarist began his career as one of the greatest interpreters of the great Son House (his teacher), and has remained so — witness the devastating “Son's Blues.” But in 1983, seven years after moving to New Orleans, Mooney went electric, added a skeletal band, and began wedding his roughhouse guitar to second-line parade beats. The result, on efforts like “She Ain't No Good” and especially the hell-bent-for-leather “Feel Like Hollerin',” is one of the more intoxicating sounds in modern blues.