It’s dirty, lowdown bass-heavy blues music. What makes Husky Burnette’s latest album stand out though apart from his own deep growling voice is its groove. This is something he learned about listening to the classics as a kid – “Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Junior Walker & the Allstars … I listen to them, and all I hear is dirty, nasty grooves and boogie, in one way or the other. So in a lot of my songs I try to go for that feeling and groove. It’s got to have a groove.”
Husky’s from Chattanooga, Tennessee where he grew up among a family of musicians – the singer Johnny Burnette was his grandfather’s cousin. But being a musician wasn’t something that he just fell into. For a few years he was moving from job to job, living hard, not thinking too much about where he’d end up. He’s been a full time musician for about ten years now, spending a lot of time on the road, trying to build up a following. In 2013 he signed with the Rusty Knuckles label, and they seem to have hit it off well, it’s been good for his career.
The new album’s called Ain’t Nothin’ but a Revival, and to keep it short, we need some more revivals like this. While all his old stuff is excellent this is Husky at the top of his game, everything seems to come together. The songs below are all from here. Already though Husky has his mind on future projects. On facebook this week he posted that “Me, Sweet GA Brown and Tom Hughes (Hellstomper/Polecat Boogie Revival) are in the process of recording an album. No band behind us, just 3 guys, 3 guitars and 6 songs of some boogie! We each picked two songs, an original and a cover, and we play lead/rhythm guitars and sing backup vocals on each other’s songs. Most of the tracking is done so keep an eye out for more details on the EP !”
Husky Burnette – Dog Me Down
Lovers quarrel between Husky and guest vocalist Bethany Kidd of the River City Hustlers
Husky Burnette – Southbound / High Head
“Southbound was a last minute tune I wrote right before we hit the studio and it’s one of the most stomping rock & roll songs I’ve recorded.”
Husky Burnette – Pay By The Hour
The longest track on the album – but I want them to keep jamming for ten minutes more ! Listen to that harmonica wail !
Husky Burnette – Best I Can
The guitar riffs tell you plenty about Husky’s love of heavy rock music, but if you pay attention you’ll see that this is quality songwriting as well.