||From the Vault...
"River Rats 2003"
© Rat Trap Records
I Pity The Fool
Feel So Bad
Think I Love You
End Of The Line
Turn The Time
River Rats related sites:
"River Rats 2003"
The River Rats was a local band from Illinois. Timothy C. Lee was the band's drummer. He was a friend of my employer, who passed the word to Tim
that I was looking for artists and bands to promote for our Hall of Fame series. Tim was in the River Rats, as well as other projects. River Rats
2003 was sent to us, and from it, Tim suggested the (Tim) Lee / (Mike) Means Project track, "End Of The Line" for the WSVNRadio Hall of
Fame, Volume 6 compilation.
The overall musical style (most specifically for the River Rats), is Blues. Very good Blues, I should say. From your typical sounding Blues of
the originals contained here, and there are some tracks written by other well-known artists. The River Rats consisted of Tim Lee (drums, organ) and
Mike Means (guitar, vocals). Other musicians were Rusty Hall (piano, organ), Anthony Anzaldua (bass), and Chuck Ely (vocals).
Powerful Blues material is definitely heard on the first seven tracks, credited by the River Rats. Their cover of John Lee Hooker's "Dimples"
kicks it off, being more upbeat than that of the original. Upbeat Blues has "Worst Headache" (as this track did not mention who the songwriter(s)
were.) If you like slow blues, W. Trout's "Doin' Just Fine" is a great blues number. J. Tiven/R. Reale wrote the next track, "Heavy Love,"
as it is a good, driving blues tune. "Kick Ass" Blues defines the song written by D. Malone, "I Pity The Fool." "Feel So Bad" is another
good, driving blues tune, as it did not list the songwriters here as well. (My guess is both songs were written or co-written by Tim Lee and/or Mike Means.)
Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fame wrote the next track, "Think I Love You Too Much," as it just a "cool" blues tune.
The last three songs were from Tim Lee's other Projects, the Lee/Means Project and the (Rusty) Hall / (Tim) Lee Project. The Lee/Means Project recorded
two songs - "Trinidad," a song that sounds like another one, that I just can't put my finger on, maybe "Jealous Guy" by John Lennon? It has
more of a Rock style than Blues. "End Of The Line" is a very powerful Rock tune, as it was included on our Volume 6 Hall of Fame. The last track is
an instrumental, and different than any song previous - the Hall/Lee Project track, "Turn The Time." It has a great New Age Jazz style.
Overall, this is a great album from a local Illinois band, showcasing the Blues. Tim's website is TimothyCLee.com.
He is currently playing drums for a Prince tribute band.
© WSVNRadio.net. All rights reserved.
Review or any portion may not be reproduced
without written permission. Cover art is the
intellectual property of
Rat Trap Records
and is used for reference purposes only.