Half Notes: George Thorogood and the Destroyers – 2120 South Michigan Ave. (2011)

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On “Willie Dixon’s Gone,” one of two originals on George Thorogood & The Destroyers’ brand new 2120 South Michigan Ave. album, George sings, “rock is inside my head but blues is in my heart,” and that nicely sums up the music of his entire career. Here we are in 2011, thirty-four years his first album and little has changed. And thank God, Thorogood’s brand of brash, straight-at-ya brand of blues-rock has paid homage to the classic Chess Records sound with a vigor and enthusiasm no one’s been able to surpass. So when he decided to make an explicit tribute album to the electric Chicago blues of the mid-50s to the mid-60s, it’s really the same kind of album he’s always made. There’s covers of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, and the Rolling Stones (the title cut). Take those songs and throw in cameos by Buddy Guy and Charlie Musselwhite, and you have an album Thorogood was born to play…and has played for some four decades. As a staple on rock-oriented radio since 1982’s Bad To The Bone, George Thorogood has been a bridge to the blues, but as 2120 South Michigan Ave. makes clear, when you cross over to the other side, you’ll find him there, too.

2120 South Michigan Ave. was unleashed on July 12.

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S. Victor Aaron

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