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THE NIGHTHAWKS - American Landscape (2009)

A hard-driving DC-based bar band with strong Chicago blues roots. Formed in 1972 by harpist and vocalist Mark Wenner and guitarist Jimmy Thackery, the band earned a reputation as a solid outfit through more than a decade of touring and recording projects with John Hammond and former members of Muddy Waters's band. Thackery left in 1986, but Wenner regrouped around longtime members Jan Zukowski on bass and Pete Ragusa on drums. Trouble, their 1991 release on Powerhouse, is a blend of blues, R&B, and rock influences, with a typically energetic sound born in thousands of one-night stands across the country. Subsequent efforts include 1993's live Rock This House, 1996's Pain & Paradise and 1999's Still Wild. A collection of live performances in 2001 saw release in the spring of 2002 as Live Tonight. In 1974, in the liner notes of their first release, the band set forth a mission statement to recreate Rock and Roll by going back to the sources and recombining them into truly American music. One need only to look at the sources for the material that makes up this "American Landscape" to realize The Nighthawks are still at it, choosing tunes from Lazy Lester and Ike Turner, Sam and Dave, Dan Penn and Marvin Gaye, as well as contemporaries like the Imperial Crowns and Tom Waits' theme from HBO's "The Wire", along with two Bob Dylan classics, and two Johnny Castle originals. The album is dedicated to David Simon, who not only included Nighthawks material in "The Wire", but had the band perform live in scenes in "Homicide: Life on the Street" on NBC and "The Wire" on HBO. *

01. Big Boy 02. Down In The Hole 03. She Belongs To Me 04. Matchbox 05. Where Do You Go 06. Try It Baby 07. Jana Lea 08. Made Up My Mind 09. Don't Turn Your Heater Down 10. Most Likely You Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine 11. Standing In The Way 12. Fishin' Hole Theme

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