Aaron Williams And The Hoodoo
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Madison blues-rock trio Aaron Williams And The Hoodoo’s 2009 album, It Ain’t Easy, doesn’t evoke any images of Williams suffering alone in a shack along the Mississippi, but rather of a funky roadhouse rave-up. Drummer Eric Shackleford’s snappy snare and hi-hat push help to give the band a streak of New Orleans funk, so there’s more going on here than Williams’ brightly amped guitar and thick-tongued baritone vocals. The title track from its latest album, 2011’s 10:49, pulls a bit of the Delta swamp into the band’s shiny finish, thanks to its balance of slide-guitar riffs and powerhouse harmonica. The Hoodoo doesn’t have the Midwest’s most subtle take on blues, but its best moments are pretty fun regardless.