Snooky Pryor, Shake My Hand

John Morthland

By John Morthland

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A blast of South Side Chicago that packs a wallop.

An autumnal — Pryor was 77 when he cut it — blast of South Side Chicago that packs a wallop, from the man who claimed he was the first to play amplified harp. Pryor brings impeccable tone and timing to the opening title track (which revises Faye Adams'”Shake a Hand”) and follows that by turning the immortal “Work with Me, Annie” into a relaxed but relentless late-night romp and “Pistol Packin'Mama,” of all things, into a blues wail. He gets a huge harp sound on originals like the instrumental “Jump for Joy” and his remake of “Telephone Blues,” and he's in equally muscular voice throughout.