Opening with “Fact or Fiction,” a song that was a staple of his days with the legendary Scotty Mac & the Rockin’ Bonnevilles, Ted Hennessy critiqued the sordid tales of national and local villains and emphasized the humor with a manic harmonica solo that quoted “If I Only Had a Brain” to a Johnny Cash hoedown beat. Louis Jordan’s “Early in the Morning” got a fine rhumba mood going; seamlessly, guitarist Michael McCann took the band into epic bluegrass territory, allowing all to get in a few whiplash cool solos on “Mountain Boy.”
Next, “Don’t Shoot Me”, Hennessy’s hilarious take on “housekeeping habits” showed off the fine blues spirit of all involved, especially a gritty solo by Maul. Billy Joe Shaver’s “Georgia on the Fast Train” was pedal-to-the-metal fun, showcasing McMann’s deft picking and Gene Lemme’s spot on upright bass work. “What’s the Use in Getting Sober?” slowed down things briefly, and let Hennessy play some of the best late-night blues harmonica you’ll ever hear.