seven long years, The 44s returned with Twist The Knife on Rip Cat
Records, an album of blues-fired rocket fuel that pays homage to the greats
while keeping a firm eye fixed on the future. Bandleader Johnny Main spent
the past few years rebuilding the 44s with an all-new lineup, and the result is
the best album of the band’s long and storied career.
is the first time I’ve really been able to stretch,” says Main, whose
guitar playing is the core of the 44s sound. His expert string work leads the
band through a 33-minute rock and roll reclamation that spans everything from
psychedelic blues-rock to vintage Michigan Avenue grooves and more. “When
you get right down to it, this album is about perseverance,” he explains.
“I was at a point where I had to decide whether or not to keep going, to
keep this band alive. All those guys we look up to, like Muddy, Wolf, Albert
Collins, Lightnin’ Hopkins… they kept going right up until they died. I want
this record to serve as a tribute to them, their inspiration is why I started
this band almost 20 years ago, and it’s what keeps driving us today.”
here are Johnny Main on vocals and guitar, Eric Von Herzen on harmonica, Mike
Hightower on bass, Gary Ferguson on drums and Junior Watson on guitar (on
tracks 1, 5, 7, 8).