Rod Hamdallah's debut mixes modern sounds with the blues
Local blues fixture embraces new influences on his debut EP
Although singer and guitarist Rod Hamdallah is known locally as a blues musician, his debut five song EP, Think About It, finds him embracing more contemporary influences. Hamdallah has taken a cue from Nashville's Legendary Shack Shakers, a band he joined as a guitarist in 2012, by mixing various rock and country sounds with gritty blues riffs and lyrics. While EP highlight "Heartbeat" does not stray far from Hamdallah's earlier blues recordings, its accordion intro gives it a traveling gypsy feel comparable to some of Jeffrey Butzer's musical output. Another keeper is the title track, a garage stomper featuring Shack Shakers frontman Col. J.D. Wilkes on Wurlitzer piano and banjo. There's even a straightforward blues rock number called "I Don't Mind" that sounds a lot like the Black Keys.