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Real American music

Reincarnation
By Reddog

Survival Records: 1988

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This review first appeared in the July 1, 1988 issue of the San Diego Evening Tribune.

Reddog (aka Jeff Higgins) is another in the suddenly re-emerged mold of white blues-based guitarists that has in the past produced Duane Allman and Stevie Ray Vaughan. As with those two giants, Reddog's guitar work reminds the listener that music isn't a race to see who can play the fastest. Reddog may not play the most notes, but generally speaking, he will play the right notes.

Reddog's music is drawn from blues and Southern boogie; he would sound equally at home sitting in with Molly Hatchet or the Atlanta Rhythm Section. "Theme From Texas," which opens the album, has the sort of gritty honesty that a good dive bar possesses.

If Reddog had access to a large promotional budget, songs from "Reincarnation" would be all over the radio. The driving beat, simple melodies and rough vocals of "Nobody Knows Your Name" and ".44 Magnum Man" create a uniquely American sound that demands to be listened to, not just heard.