Bonerama, the New Orleans brass troupe formed at Tiptina’s in 1998, has returned with a bracing EP entitled Hard Times.
Following on the heels of the stellar outings Bringing It Home and Live From New York, Hard Times embraces the mix of jazz, blues and hard rock covers that graced the Home and New York albums. Leader Mark Mullins guides the group effort, juicing up a raucous version of "Turn On Your Lovelight," featuring horn masters Craig Klein and Brian O’ Neill. Guitarist Bert Cotton, whose psychedelic leads permeated such diverse fair as The Beatles’ "Yer Blues" and "Helter Skelter," Hendrix’s "Crosstown Traffic," The Allman Brothers Band’s "Whipping Post," and Black Sabbath’s "War Pigs," combines the hard-edged appeal he achieved on Brining It Home‘s Zeppelin cover "The Ocean" with the deep tones of sousaphone wizard Matt Perrine on a stomping "When the Levee Breaks." It is an unusual choice for the band that pays in big dividends, and becomes a highlight that is worth the price of the disc alone.
Hard Times brings the good music back to the forefront of the New Orleans musical landscape from the Crescent City’s most ardent practitioners, Bonerama.
Hard Times is out now on Highsteppin’ Productions.