Not quite ready for prime time
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.
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