“The raw-as-an-open-wound Chicago slide guitarist J.B. Hutto outdid himself throughout an outrageously raucous album anchored by an impossible-to-ignore ‘Hip Shakin,’ the blaring title cut, and savage renditions of ‘20% Alcohol’ and ‘Notoriety Woman’.” – Bill Dahl, allmusic.com.
The rough and rowdy blues heard at Turner’s Lounge was the inspiration for this explosive 1968 recording. Blues legend Sunnyland Slim guests with The Hawks on piano and organ.
This Digipak Deluxe Edition contains the previously unissued song “I’ll Cry Tomorrow,” alternate takes of “Hawk Squat,” “Too Much Pride,” “Same Mistake Twice,” two alternates of “Speak My Mind” and a 20-page booklet with many never-before-seen photos from the recording sessions and Turner’s.
“J.B. Hutto, along with Hound Dog Taylor, was one of the last great slide guitar disciples of Elmore James to make it to the modern age. His huge voice and slash-and-burn playing was Chicago blues with a fierce,raw edge of its own.” – Cub Koda, All Music Guide
“Simply put, Augusta, Georgia-born J.B. Hutto was a master of the slide guitar. And, Chicago’s Delmark Records guru Bob Koester has captured J.B. and his band in twelve scorching cuts that show why his slide playing has been an inspiration to many other guitarists as well.” – Don Crow, Music City Blues
“Hawk Squat is one of the finest urban blues albums to come out in a long time. It is more like a labor of love or a jam session between talented, veteran bluesmen, and as a result, a happy, informal feeling permeates the recording. It’s a must for the urban blues collector.” – Marshall Miller, Broadside
“…pure, unadulterated, raw Chicago blues at its best. Listening to this album is like being in an “after hours” joint on the Southside at 3 in the morning — hot and jumping!” – a purchaser