Potter & The Rhythm Agents
good beat goes a long way. If Bill Haley used a metronome,
you can be certain Jeff Potter & The Rhythm Agents
reset it for their CD release Rhythm Riot (Raucous
Records). This is excellent rock-and-roll, and better
still, it's original material.
the start, the music is energized. Tracks like "Don't
Stop Now" and "The Party" are fast-paced,
bouncing good fun. But the real prize is title track,
which has a Duane Eddy feel coupled with amazing drum
work. Jeff Potter is a capable percussionist, but he's
no one trick pony: His skills on classic vocals, piano,
guitars, and harmonica get plenty of action on this explosive
album. Potter has recorded with NRBQ's Al Anderson, and
shows off his boogie piano skills on tracks like "Teachin'
My Baby To Drive" and "Til The Cows Come Home"
with a fierce Jerry Lee Lewis-like determination.
& Blues is another facet of this gemstone. "How
Come" and "Time for Love" are hardcore
blues showcases, both underlining the versatility and
power of Jeff Potter as a performer.
course, Potter doesn't do all the work alone. The Rhythm
Agents include Rick King on guitar, Red Rogers on the
bass and lap steel, and Rick Brown on the maracas. There's
a wonderful orchestration in the material being presented
here. The beats are the bridge through a stylistic landscape,
and the trip lasts for the entire album.