From: Jim Vinoski <;76123.35~ompuserve.com>;
Date: 27 Nov 95 22:57:23 EST
Subject: Little Mike and the Tornadoes

Another Sunday night, and back to Huey's in Midtown Memphis for a show by
Little
Mike and the Tornadoes.

Wow. These guys are fantastic. I rarely see a crowd at one of these Huey's
shows really sit up and pay attention, but this one did. Mike Markowitz had
'em
eating out of the palm of his hand.

Showmanship was definitely the key. Not to say Mike isn't a heckuva harp
player
- - he's superb technically, and his phrasing is fantastic - but he's got a
knack
for the simple things that crowds eat up, like tongue-flutters and flamboyant
hand-vibrato motions. He had every eye in the place on him when he strolled
off
the stage in mid-solo and visited tables while playing the upper register,
sans
mic (the table with the gorgeous blond got most of his attention), finishing
his
wandering with a verse of lyrics in the middle of the room, also sans mic.

The band was the tightest I've seen since the Mighty Flyers were in town.

Mike plays Marine Bands through an Astatic mic and a reissue Fender Bassman.
He
gets a seriously mean, fat sound - the kind most of us blues types only dream
about.

Mike asked if I'd mention his new album when I told him I'd be posting this
review, and since I ain't gettin' no kickbacks, here goes: Little Mike and
the
Tornadoes, "Flynn's Place", on Flying Fish Records. (I've only listened to
my
copy once, but it sounds like it has more depth than his live show, which was
almost all urban blues, shuffles, etc.)

Go see these guys if you get a chance.

- -- Jim "Dr. Poobah" Vinoski



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