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Charleston Post & Courier
Charleston, South Carolina
August 23, 2001

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In the blues world there are certain names that are spoken with a hushed reverence. B.B., Muddy and John Lee are examples of the fact that some classic blues artists don't even need their last names used to achieve instant recognition. Paul Reddick may not be at that point yet, and in fact may never be. However, there is no denying that Reddick has the blues deep in the marrow of his bones.

With a lazy-lipped delivery and a killer harmonica sound, Reddick probably could jam onstage by himself and keep a crowd captivated for the better part of an evening. Fortunately, he doesn't have to do that because he's backed by the Sidemen, a blues trio consisting of guitarist Chris Burgess, bassist Greg Marshak and drummer Vince Maccarone.

As a team, the four musicians can deliver everything from a slow number such as "
Blind River Bound," to a blistering, sweat-dripping-from-your-brow song such as "Sleepy John Estes." That latter song is one of the best performances on "Rattlebag," a stubbornly determined little album from the group. The songs on the CD go through an impressive array of changes, paying tribute to everyone from the late Stevie Ray Vaughan to the very much alive Buddy Guy. This is roots blues music that is easily accessible no matter what your experience is with blues music. (B+ )
 



"As a team, the four musicians can deliver everything from a slow number such as "
Blind River Bound," to a blistering, sweat-dripping-from-your-brow song such as "Sleepy John Estes. "