The Cash Box Kings (from the album Hail to the Kings! available on Alligator Records)
The best way to ascend to any throne is to create the land over which you rule. The Cash Box Kings build their own dominion, stacking the deck with a sound they cultivated, mixing tough Chicago and Detroit Blues blended with country rock’n’roll, dubbing the results as a genre called Bluesabilly. Hail to the Kings!is the recent release from the group, co-fronted by Chicago Blues vocalist Oscar Wilson and Madison, Wisconsin-based harmonica man, Joe Nosek. Hail to the Kings!poses a direct question to fans that would rather hear the music of The Cash Box Kings from the other side of the wall in “Bluesman Next Door”. Rowdy honky tonk Blues like ”Take Anything I Can” plays along with Jump Blues (“Back Off”), rockabilly (“Hunchin’ on My Baby”), slinky grooves (“Smoked Jowl Blues”, and hand-jive beats (“Joe, You Ain’t from Chicago”).
Musically sticking to traditions, the tales of The Cash Box Kings stage their Blues tales with modern day accessories, relating the sad story of a sexting incident in “The Wrong Number” and realizing that, as a band, they may wear the crown but in the real world, gender equality is king with “Ain’t No Fun (When the Rabbit’s Got the Gun)”. Joining The Cash Box Kings on the other end of the argument. Shemekia Copeland duets with Oscar Wilson as the pair confess last night’s mistakes on “The Wine Talkin’” while Hail to the Kings!gives up the podium to “Sugar Daddy” to speak of plans, warn of living too high with “I’m That Man Down There”, and make a complaint out of a drinking song for “Poison in My Whiskey”.
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