King James & the Special Men

King James & the Special Men

King James & the Special Men

Act Like You Know

Special Man Industries

It’s almost summer, and that means you need some party music, and well, ain’t nobody got party music like New Orleans. Take the debut album from King James & the Special Men Act Like You Know. The Special Men have been NOLA favorites for years (Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs is a fan, and Robert Plant has been known to sit in when in the Big Easy), and the six cuts found here add some gritty rock n’ roll to the trad New Orleans horn sound, and the result will part your hair.

Opening with “Special Man Boogie”, the stride piano of Ben Polcer lays the foundation while guitars skitter atop, and leader Jimmy Horn rides the horns with a welcome swagger. “Baby Girl” sounds as if it was recorded 60 years ago by Fats Domino, a slow bluesy stomp, while “Eat That Chicken” wouldn’t sound out of place in a Professor Longhair set.

The album bristles with a kind of nervous, liquored up energy that is infectious, and I bet sounds tremendous live. (Everything in New Orleans sounds better live…it’s the sazeracs). By the sixth cut, the epic “9th Ward Blues” (which features Jason Jurzak on tuba), you’ll be worn out from dancing, ready for another Abita beer…and the next set. King James & the Special Men, you rock. We’ll catch a show the next time we’re down on Frenchmen Street.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Jacqueline Kerrod
    Jacqueline Kerrod

    17 Days in December (Orenda Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Pokey Lafarge
    Pokey Lafarge

    In The Blossom Of Their Shade (New West Records). Review by Jeremy Glazier.

  • Best of Film 2021
    Best of Film 2021

    Lily and Generoso select and review their ten favorite features, seven supplemental films, and two prized repertory releases of 2021.

  • I Saw A Dozen Faces…
    I Saw A Dozen Faces…

    From The Windbreakers to Bark, Tim Lee is a trooper in the rock and roll trenches…and he’s lived to tell it all in his new memoir.

  • The Lyons
    The Lyons

    A man on his deathbed is surrounded by bickering family members, many of which you would strangle him given the chance. In other words: a brilliant comedy!

  • The Reading Room
    The Reading Room

    Today’s episode features author Anna-Marie O’Brien talking about her book Adventures of a Metalhead Librarian: A Rock N’ Roll Memoir with Ink 19’s Rose Petralia.

  • Bush Tetras
    Bush Tetras

    Rhythm and Paranoia (Wharf Cat). Review by Scott Adams.

  • Tom Tom Club
    Tom Tom Club

    The Good The Bad and the Funky (Nacional). Review by Julius C. Lacking.

  • Barnes & Barnes
    Barnes & Barnes

    Pancake Dream (Demented Punk Records). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Jeremiah Lockwood
    Jeremiah Lockwood

    A Great Miracle: Jeremiah Lockwood’s Guitar Soli Chanukah Album (Reboot). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

From the Archives