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Not quite ready for prime time

Doin' the Backseat Boogie
Doin' the Backseat Boogie
By Mick Martin

Blues Rock Records: 1992

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This review first appeared in the August 14, 1992 issue of the North County Blade-Citizen (now North County Times).

White bluesman Mick Martin turns in a solid, workmanlike set of boogie and blues shuffles on this independent release. A fiery harp player and gruff vocalist, Martin's version of blues has a Midwestern feel to it, belying his West Coast location.

In addition to singing and playing harmonica, Martin also wrote or co-wrote all the cuts on this album. Most are solid, muscular straight-ahead blues and blues-rock, and none is what might be called a dog.

To be sure, Martin is still a club performer, not ready for the national scene. But "Doin' the Backseat Boogie" is a notch above most releases by regional artists, and is a very listenable album.