James Day & the Fish Fry’s Blue Latitudes (Neon Blue 2012) covers the map of blues & roots styles, with smart songwriting touching on jump(“No Meat to Tough” shows some of Louis Jordon’s humor),zydeco ("Zydeco Boogaloo”), Sun-style rockabilly (“Money Smarts & Charms"),slow blues(“Weather Blues”),hokum (“Screen Scratching Woman”), hard swinging blues a la William Clarke (“Next New Thing”), Latin sounds (“Blowing Smoke”),New Orleans street parades (“Festival Time”),and snaky swamp grooves (“Muscadine Wine”). Day is a likeable vocalist and his harp playing is refreshingly outside the box. Guitarist Mark Shewchuk operates on a similarly quirky basis, spinning unexpected lines. A lot of fun.
Blues Revue April/May 2007
These guys are great players as well as good showmen…get ready to dance!
-Jennifer Cross Music Editor, Sparks Magazine