guitarist Jimmy Dawkins would just as soon leave his longtime
nickname "Fast Fingers" behind. It was always something
of a stylistic misnomer anyway; Dawkins' West Side-styled
guitar slashes and surges, but seldom burns with incendiary
speed. Dawkins' blues are generally of the brooding, introspective
variety -- he doesn't engage in flashy pyrotechnics or outrageous
Fast Fingers, Dawkins' 1969 debut LP for Delmark -- still
his best album to date -- was a taut, uncompromising piece
of work that won the Grand Prix du Disque de Jazz from the
Hot Club of France in 1971 as the year's top album."
Nighthawks: "Open All Nite"
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' band.
The blues-rockers always sound focused, and they know exactly
what they're going for on gritty performances of "Nine
Below Zero," Jimmy Reed's "Big Boss Man," and
other Chicago blues staples. The Nighthawks were never innovative,
but they were always sincere and honest, which is why they bring
so much enthusiasm to these performances. " ~ AllMusic