Rock & Blues News
Celebrating the working performers of the Golden Age of Rock, Rhythm, and Blues
Issue No. 194 / November 2004
Maynard Silva and the New Hawks, Wall of Tin (Black Rose)
Blasting open with J. B. Hutto’s “Pet Cream Man,” a rolling exercise in Elmore James-styled rockin’ blues, Silva and company do a great live set of humpin’ & bumpin’ blues numbers recorded at the Met Café in Providence, RI.Another great Hutto slide-guitar classic, “Angel Face,” turns up later and is given a superlative reading.Hutto was paramount in the development of the New Hawks, using a previous incarnation, Maynard Silva’s Jaguars, as his backing band in the 1970s before he settled in Boston and formed the New Hawks around Silva.The 12 cuts here rely mostly on Silva’s varied songs, which in turn benefit from Silva’s ragged vocal delivery.Energetic, enthusiastic set from a top-flight band.