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Blues Jumpers
Royal Motel

The Prairie Cats
'Til the Daytime Fades

As many reviewers (myself included) have noted time and time again, most of the neo-swing groups that gained popularity during the "swing revival" and GAP advertisement era were really producing something closer to jump blues than swing-era sounds. Many of them were also producing music with a very short shelf life, dependent upon the trend itself for notoriety. So, where does that leave an actual jump blues band in the Year 2001? This is the challenge that The Blues Jumpers face. And, where does that leave a neo-swing band that has released a new album with well-worn sounds? This is the challenge that The Prairie Cats face.


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Royal Motel
'Til the Daytime Fades

Blues Jumpers
Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and Ol' Grand Dad
Livin' Like a King
Prairie Cats
Five Martinis
Ol' Nellie

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The Blues Jumpers' soulful approach to their jump style is sometimes hidden on the production of their latest release, Royal Motel (Blues Jumpers), yet I imagine that they are a potent and fun live act. They do not rely on overused songs or arrangements, and both Joe Delia's piano work and Haywood Gregory's vocals are genuinely infectious. So, although a cursory listen to Royal Motel doesn't impress complete originality upon the listener, there is depth here that reveals itself with repeated listenings.

The Prairie Cats have it a little harder. Their debut album, 'Til the Daytime Fades (Behave Records), probably would have been very well received in 1997. But with the traditional musical trappings of so many neo-swing acts, The Cats unfortunately sound dated. Oddly, they almost seem to acknowledge this with their song "Not in the Mood," which cries out to Glenn Miller, "I wonder what you'd think about the status of swing, a royal voodoo poppin', cherry daddy, Setzer kinda thing." That said, they are certainly competent at the sounds they are presenting, and I'm sure a fan of those name-checked neo-swing groups would appreciate the band's efforts on this release.

—Gary A. Miller

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