Going Down Slow, The Songs of Don Nix (Evidence)

Reviewed by Eric Steiner

If you haven't heard Don Nix, you've probably heard his music. Jeff Beck recorded "Black Cat Moan" on the Beck, Bogart and Appice LP which Don produced 30 years ago. Over the years, Don's recorded seven albums and produced 55 other projects with Leon Russell, Freddie King, George Harrison, and many others. Don Nix has assembled more than a just tribute band on this CD. Going Down has many special guests who have benefited from Don's work as a producer or songwriter, including fellow Mar-Kay Steve Cropper, John Mayall, and Tony Joe White. Don's "Going Down" has been covered by John Lee Hooker, Freddie King, J.J. Cale, and others, and Don reprises that career-defining song with Brian May, Leslie West, Audley Freed and producer Jon Tiven on guitars, Max Middleton and Bobby Whitlock on keyboards, and Bonnie Bramlett on background vocals. Nix was a member of Memphis' Mar-Kays, one of the original bands that launched the Stax sound in the 1960's. Going Down is an enjoyable CD from start to finish and there's plenty of searing guitars, Southern boogie, and fine songwriting to make this a fine party record.

Track List:

Black Cat Moan * On the Road Again * Right Where You Want Me * Same Old Blues * Lucinda * Palace of the King * Going Down * Going Back to Iuka * Like a Road Leading Home * One More Repossession * Living on the Highway * Plastic Flowers * Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven

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