Planet Weekly

By: Jerry Henry, The Planet Weekly

Po' Monkey has gone through a name change since I last wrote about them. It seems another group is also using that name. Alabama Blues Machine is now the name for one of Alabama's hottest blues bands. They won the Battle of the Blues Bands and will be representing Alabama at the IBC in Memphis, TN from February 4th through February 7th, 2009. Their new release is Must Be Love (R2 Records) with a CD cover that reminds me of a couple of Bachman-Turner Overdrive's vinyl album covers from days gone by. Alabama Blues Machine is a band of old pros: Ross Robers (guitar), Bruce Andrews (vocals/harmonica), Lewis Ross (drums), Mike Lingo (trombone), John Remley (saxophone), Rick White (trumpet), Clay Swafford (keyboards) and Eric Onimus (bass). These guys have played in bands such as Wet Willie, Dick's Hat Band, 2blu, SuperJazz Big Band, Alabama Symphony and many, many more. Must Be Love can rival any swing or jump blues album ever released by anybody, anywhere. This is truly a world class blues project that should get these old pros the recognition they so rightly deserve. OZ Music will have Alabama Blues Machine's Must Be Love soon.