Detroit Underground is one of numerous bands that have been steadily working the small club circuit for years, but have received little recognition beyond their relatively small circle of fans. To be honest, there are so many blues bands around that it has become a challenge figuring out how to rise above the pack.
On this independently produced CD, Detroit Underground makes it clear why it isn’t just another carbon-copy blues band with the sole purpose of filling a club slot that any other band could fill just as well. Unfortunately, they don’t begin making their case as strongly as they should until the third song, “Colorblind.” There’s no question that the strongest songs by far on this CD are the original tunes written by the band members. That’s not to say they should have left the covers alone. Rather, what is already a good CD would have been even better if the first cut had come out swinging with an original.
The two most powerful tunes are “Colorblind” and the smokin’ “I Know You Want Me.” Man, this cut should never have been held back until the 10th track. Cee Cee Collins’ impassioned vocals combined with the great, driving rhythmic structure is the best evidence of what this band can really do when it bears down. If they keep this up, I can’t wait for the next release.
Keith A. Owens is a Detroit-based freelance writer and musician. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.