SQUEEZE BOX MAN review:
The great Ernest Tubb was credited to say, "It's not so much what you do
on stage, but it's how you make them feel". "Squeeze Box Man" makes me
happy, and will make you happy, too. Here's why:
It's American Roots Music at its finest, with healthy doses of tobasco,
and salsa. Driven by Danny's diatonic button accordion, Copper Box jets
through fourteen rambunctious tracks. As well as performing stunning
originals, Copper Box truly recreates songs from the past.
The party starts with a rip-roaring version of the Who's "Squeeze Box Man".
The mood is set.
We waltz into three quarter time with, "Ma Belle Evangeline", a tune
inspired by Cajun song and legend. Michelle's saxophone paints the
picture, as Danny sings the story.
Pura Jalea brings many delightful treats, with its jazzy chords,
changes, and poly rhythms. Danny's button box propels the catchy
melody. It's gentle and pulsating at the same time.The more you hear
it, the more you'll want to hear it again---A real jewel.
Next, we visit Motown. Copper Box renders, "I Second That Emotion" with
a tuff and gritty approach that will fill any dance floor.This
interpretation is so original, and compelling, that it's like hearing
the song for the first time.
Next, we venture to Tejano territory with "Pretty Margarita". Somehow, the good
feelings just spill out of the speaker, and right into your heart. The
lyric tells of lost love, but the reverberating back beat affirm that
there are good times ahead.
We're treated to a wispy, whimsical approach to Buck Owens' "Think Of
ME". Danny looked deep into these lyrics to discover the reunion of two
lovers who have been separated by time and distance.
"Come On Let's Go" celebrates the original Richie Vallens version, while
honoring those ground breaking songs, which layed the path for Rock and
Roll. It has just the right amount of echo, vocal harmony, and drive.
The button box acknowledges Richie's Latin roots.
Now, let's second line all the way from New Orleans to Howard Grove in
Wisconsin. If you don't think they can do it, just listen to this
syncopated original. It's a joyful parade. Danny, and his button box
give a rousing rendition of, "Fiesta Llanera". Its time signature, and
minor key result in a tune, which is quite haunting.
Now, polish up the brass bass for another romp. The influences to
"Eyomzi" appear to stretch from Banda music to New Orleans brass bands.
Remember, the tuba preceded the string bass for bringing things way down
Let's go to the "Zydeco Party". What a wonderful idea! It's in full
swing in this original tune. The melody, riffs, changes, lyrics and
rhythm are just right . Stir them all in the musical rue.
"Living In The Country" powers ahead with a syncopated wallop. It's so
jovial, yet so soft.
""My Blue Heaven" finds it's starting place in the Fats Domino version.
Once again, the tune is lovingly personalized through the talents of
Copper Box. How do you match a Lee Allen tenor solo? Enjoy Michelle's
artistry, and her own approach.
The entire program drifts to a conclusion with, "Sao Jorge". The
beautiful melody, and alternating tempo takes you on one more musical
journey, leading you to want to start the CD all over again.
"Squeeze Box Man" is very satisfying listening and dancing. During this
pandemic, any positive energy is especially valuable. You can derive a
lot of happiness out of this music. It's real. Most instruments are
acoustic, and the power of the music speaks for itself. It's the real
deal, played and sung from the heart. Six tracks feature the mega
talented Danny Jerabek on all instruments. His wife, Michelle, lends
superlative support. Dan Cable and Dave Chyla round out the band's sound on this recording.
The music is based in Texas Honky Tonks, and Louisiana's Fais Do Does, but
Copper Box is from Wisconsin. The music has no boundaries or limits, and
continues to spread. Copper Box continues to gain new fans through their
extensive touring schedule. They love the music, study it, and get it
right, as they express their won musical souls by intertwining various
time-honored musical traditions. Do yourself a favor. Buy this CD.
by Greg Drust
WJYI Radio - Milwaukee, Wisconsin