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The Groundhogs

Live at the Astoria DVD

Review by Gary Hill

I’d never heard of these guys, but apparently they have a rather important place in British blues history. They were the backing band for such blues luminaries as John Lee Hooker when the blues legends toured the UK. This concert recording is apparently the only live document of the band. It’s a twelve song hard rocking blues jamfest. These guys really rock and the crowd at the Astoria eats it up. From watching the DVD I can certainly understand why. These guys seriously shredded. The video quality is solid and the sound is quite good. This set includes not only the DVD but also an audio CD of the full show. I always appreciate it when a DVD package has the CD. It’s a great way to continue to enjoy the show when you are away from a video screen. If you are a fan of the psychedelically tinged hard rocking blues of bands like Cream you will seriously eat this up. These guys are extremely talented and this was a magical concert.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2008  Volume 5 at

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