"The most effective instrumentals don't just convey rhythm and melody, they evoke sonic landscapes with near cinematic clarity. That every cut of Mayan Mud (Shoeless Records) transports listeners to exotic places speaks to the expertise of San Francisco's Little Muddy. Rich
Goldstein(guitars), Scott Shaw(bass and keyboards), Vince Littleton (drums),are masters of mood, hooks, tone, and dramatic effect. "Dark Alley Swing" and "Nitro-Burnin and Modified" are the nearest to blues, but an adventurous nature is hinted at by upside-down photographs, country twanging and bends, jazzy chording, bluesy snarls,and splashes of surf abound. They cover Floyd Cramer, Elmer Bernstein , Henry Mancini, and put AC/DC on the open range- is compelling and rewarding.," --Blues Revue Magazine, Dec/Jan 2004
"All instrumental greasy-jazzy blues is what you'll find on Mayan Mud, the latest EP length cd from the Bay-area trio Little Muddy. Centered around the melodic sting of guitarist Rich Goldstein's six string, the band's tasteful less-is-more approach works well, creating a virtual soundtrack befitting a Quintin Tarantino movie, a top down drive through America's heartland, or a life-done-me-wrong-but-i'm-getting-by character study. Sinuous slide and gnarling acoustic guitars lend even more flavor to the material. In short, if you like instrumental , roots-influenced music that literally transports you to a scenic setting, check out the Little Muddy offering Mayan Mud." --Guitar Nine Records, Oct/Nov 2003.
"Nothing like some good instrumentals. There are sometimes when Rich Goldstein's guitar reminds me of Dick Dale surf sound, but he always ends up coming back to the blues to get grounded. The album would make for great soundtrack music for a road trip scene, especially a track like "Dark Alley Swing". This is one of the coolest instrumental albums I've heard in some time." --Musicemissions.com, March 2004