Christy Rossiter

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Out of Omaha, Nebraska, Christy Rossiter & 112 North Duck play a hard-rocking, guitar-driven brand of blues that’s powered by the powerful guitar work of Michael Beebe and the propulsive rhythm work of Darren Hopson (bass) and J. E. Van Horne (drums). Lead singer Rossiter brings a mix of Grace Slick and Bonnie Raitt to her vocals and is as comfortable singing the roadhouse rockers as she is the smooth ballads. Gone Fishin’ (Applecopter) is their fifth release and serves as a fine showcase for the band’s talents.

Gone Fishin’ features eleven songs (plus an instrumental interlude), ten written by the band. The title cut is a fine slow blues that really gives Beebe room to stretch out with some inspired fretwork. “Throw the Dog a Bone” is a rousing blues/rocker, “Life With You” and “You Make Me Shiver” are rock balladry at their finest, and “Baby I’m Gone” is another great slow blues. Other highlights include the instrumental, “The Man With the Red Guitar,” and an appropriately funky take on Loren Winkler’s “The Louisiana Way.”

Rossiter does a great job on vocals throughout, and the band is right behind with steady support. Beebe is a force of nature on guitar. Gone Fishin’ is an impressive, well-crafted effort from an experienced band that knows its way around a blues song.

Christy Rossiter

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