The blues, like all elements of life, is meant to grow, change and progress while retaining its essence. Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith and The House Bumpers accomplish just this with their latest album, “Drop the Hammer.”
Kenny honored the blues legends he admired by laying down a few traditional tracks. Much of his playing was molded by the teaching of his late father, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, who was the drummer for Muddy Waters for over 18 years, and it was important to give this nod of respect. To know who you are and where you are going, one must always honor and acknowledge from where you came.
This album focuses on contemporary subject matter while using modern and innovative sounds. As much as Kenny loves and respects traditional blues, he was compelled to take his blues to a new realm and dimension. Kenny didn't live and experience picking cotton in the fields. He is a native Chicagoan and inspiration for this album was drawn from the rhythm of footsteps on jagged pavement, the soulful, shadowy noise of the city at night and the soundtrack from the eras in which he grew up to be the man and musician he is today. This music is trans-generational. It is raw. It will grab you by your core and will feel familiar yet foreign at the same time.
official website: https://beedyeyes.com/music/
Marty's review: The aptly titled "Drop the Hammer" takes the roots of the blues and gives them a contemporary edge that is transporting and at times unexpected. Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith and The House Bumpers have a formula that is intoxicating, raw and a powerhouse of primal grooves. Kenny's soulful vocal style is up front and stylish and blends in perfectly with each composition that encompasses a range of styles from pure blues to soul and funk. A solid and masterful production that is ahead of its time.