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The Fluffy Jackets - Fighting Demons

by Kevin Wierzbicki

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Who are these brave men of the fluffy jacket, living with but one purpose in mind, to fight demons? Fighting rock'n'roll demons that is, and bringing on the good times, here The Fluffy Jackets consist of Norse ax-slinger and vocalist Helge Rognstad and a cast of veteran sidemen that includes a rhythm section consisting of Neil Murray (Whitesnake) and Robert Hall (Jerry Lee Lewis' Killer Band) along with Manny Charlton, guitarist and founding member of Nazareth.

The aggregation really hits their stride on the Bad Company-like classic rocker "Why Don't You Smile" where Helge doles out advice to a perennially-depressed fellow over a slow, bluesy lope that's punctuated by a couple of hot guitar solos from Charlton.

"Fighting Demons," with jangling acoustic guitar and a high-lonesome harmonica part, has an Americana bent as does "Little Brother" but the band is knee deep in the blues with a cover of the Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup chestnut "Mean Ol' Frisco" and an especially slinky take on Woody Guthrie's "Vigilante Man."

The album closes with the Charlton-penned "Can't Stop the Rain," a roadhouse blues workout showcasing harp player West Weston. This is the first full-length from the Fluffy Jackets; hopefully they'll keep fighting demons well into the future.

The Fluffy Jackets - Fighting Demons
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