What Critics are Saying about the Nighthawks’ 444

“After all these years, the Nighthawks continue to produce music bursting with exuberant energy and infectious vitality, rescuing forgotten gems, breathing new life into classics, and adding to the canon with catchy and contagious originals.  444 (their debut on the excellent indie label, Ellersoul Records), stands among the band's finest.  This one's a keeper!” – John Taylor, Blinded by Sound

444 is a program of The Nighthawks’ typical infectious brand of the blues, rockabilly, and country-tinged party tunes. Sometimes, they’re out to get you on the dance floor (“Livin’ the Blues,” “Honky Tonk Queen”), and sometimes they’re being entertaining by singing about the joys of things like “Crawfish.” Occasionally, they slow it down a bit to say something a bit deeper as in the album’s closer, “Roadside Cross.” From start to finish, 444 sounds like a rockin’ live concert without hearing the audience’s responses. That’s where you come in.”Wes Britton, Blog Critics

“Led by harmonica maestro Mark Wenner and featuring guitar virtuoso Paul Bell and the red hot rhythm section of Mark Stutso and Johnny Castle, the Nighthawks once again prove their pedigree with this fine set. Yet another Nighthawks winner!” - Mick Rainsford, Blues in Britain

“The Nighthawks are as cohesive a unit as you could want. They enjoy playing together and their positive energy is contagious. This is one of the bands that made me love this music. I am one of their blues disciples anxiously awaiting their next appearance and there are many of us. Please save me a seat.” - Richard Ludmerer, Making a Scene

“40 years in and there’s no dust on them.  Fresh off another BMA award, this bunch continues to pilot the roots ship they first set sail with but they keep it fresh, lively and contemporary while leaping off from a sound rooted in the past. The consummate party band for anyone that doesn’t live in Brooklyn, this is such a gasser, all you can do it sit back and take it in multiple times so you can finally get a real handle on all the stuff going on here.  This is what they talk about when they talk about making a joyful noise.  Killer stuff from a crew that started out in the blues and never really strayed that far from it but seems to have covered a lot of ground between here and there.”  – Chris Spector, Midwest Record

“Good news for fans of blues and roots rock who are looking for some new tunes for the coming summer nights. 444 features thirteen songs simmering with the band’s trademark blend of blues, soul, and good old rock ‘n’ roll. For over 40 years they’ve been playing their brand of music… long before people started labeling it. If it spoke to the soul and made you want to move, they’ve played it. Over the years, they opened shows for such artists as Muddy Waters, James Cotton, John Lee Hooker and Carl Perkins. The Blues Foundation gave The Nighthawks the “Acoustic Album of the Year” award for their 2011 album Last Train To Bluesville. And now, with 444, they have put out yet another fantastic album that recreates the feeling of live gig. The energy and style these guys have is evident in every track.”Greg Victor, Parcbench

Quotes on "Damn Good Time":

“Damn Good Time is one of the best roots records of the year from a bunch of blues-tinged roaddawgs who still know how to rock”. – By Grant Britt , No Depression

“… this is as good as anything the band’s ever done and portends even better ’cause there’s an extra something present…” – by Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

“… The Nighthawks are a band that I must admit I have not paid a lot of attention to in the past, but, hey, maybe I have been missing something all these years! This really excellent release by one of the hardest working bands around is a real revelation”. – Phil Wight, Blues & Rhythm (UK)

“This one’s a roots rocker with that blues driven sound that drove the ‘50s into the history books and gave birth to rock and roll as we know it. It’s seminal, it’s organic and The Nighthawks have been doing it for 40 years.”-Robert Carraher, The Dirty Lowdown


Quotes on "Last Train To Bluesville":

“While these songs have been staples of The Nighthawks set list for decades, the sparkling acoustic arrangements provide them, and the band, with a new lease on life…accurately captures the dynamics of one of roots music’s long lasting, dependable and often unsung, outfits. Long may they fly.” – Blues Revue

“After nearly forty years toiling in the blues music trenches, The Nighthawks know how to play this stuff in their sleep. You won't find them sleepwalking through these performances, though, the band infusing each song with a joyful energy. Don't let the acoustic studio setting fool you, 'cause it's obvious that the guys were having a lot of fun revisiting these oldies-but-goodies, and they tear into them with the same zeal as they would any of their electric performances.” –About.com

“Sound throughout is exemplary, with each instrument superbly defined. There’s a palpable presence to Paul Bell’s guitar – one can almost feel the strings vibrating the air, and real bite to Mark Wenner’s acoustic harp. And with everything captured in a single take at the Sirius/XM Studios in Washington, this is a superb document of the intuitive interplay between seasoned veterans who still find sheer, unbridled joy in making music together. It simply doesn’t get much better than this!” –Blog Critics

“Jump the blind, juble joo, or drag onto a Johnny O’Brien, but get on this train to Bluesville and ride it with the fury of the crossroad weary! –JazzReview.com

“The Nighthawks show no sign of slowing down as they enter their fifth decade as a viable force on the contemporary blues scene.  All Aboard the Last Train To Bluesville and be sure to enjoy the ride!” –Nashville Blues Society

“…in the end things are as they should be--Wenner sets the mood and the attitude, and literally and figuratively is the voice of the Nighthawks. His harp playing throughout is as impressive for its succinct statements as it is for its expressiveness, and as assured as he is vocally on the strutting numbers, he turns in two exceptionally deep ballad performances here, with an evocative appeal on Slim Harpo’s ‘Rainin’ In My Heart’ and an affectingly weary rendition of Sonny Boy Williamson’s ‘Mighty Long Time.’ Don’t take the album title too seriously. If history has taught us anything about the Nighthawks, it’s that the band is always coming back to bluesville. The train may be carrying different freight on some trips, but it’s always running, and it’s always right on time.” –The Bluegrass Special

“When it comes to the blues, things don’t get much more pure than Last Train to Bluesville.” –The Post & Courier

“On Last Train to Bluesville, the fiery blues-rockin’ Nighthawks prove one doesn’t have to have to plug in to create musical sparks…this is one rollicking night train no one should miss.” –Virginian-Pilot

“I keep coming back to The Nighthawks. This acoustic session will cause you to come back to them often.” -–BluesWax

"A dexterous, colorful detour, this record proves that the Nighthawks are just as comfortable on the back porch as they are in the bars." -–Living Blues

"You might think an acoustic version of James Brown's 'I Go Crazy' wouldn't work well, but you'd be wrong; Bell's guitar and Wenner's harp are perfect vehicles for this interpretation."–Vintage Guitar

"The entire session feels like an after-hours jam among old friends at some long-lost blues bar." –Barry Alfonso, iTunes

"...Nighthawks' founder Mark Wenner carries the load, with rich, personable harp work and deep, grainy vocals - his evocative appeal on Slim Harpo's 'Rainin' In My Heart' is especially affecting - as guitarist Paul Bell complements him with deft, discursive, idiomatically impeccable soloing...the sonics are doubly impressive: live in their immediacy and expressiveness, but with clean studio-style distinctions that give these workouts musical heft." –The Absolute Sound

 

 

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NIGHTHAWKS ARTICLES & REVIEWS:


EXAMINER, JULY 2014

FRIDAY BLUES FIX, JULY 2014

GONZO ONLINE, JULY 2014

LIVING BLUES, 2014

FAME, 2014


TWANGVILLE, JUNE 2014


BLINDED BY SOUND, JUNE 2014

THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT, MAY 2014

NO DEPRESSION, MAY 2012

ACOUSTICMUSIC.COM, MAY 2012


THE DIRTY LOWDOWN, MAY 2012


THE EXAMINER, MAY 2012

BLUES & RHYTHM, MAY 2012


MONTGOMERY MAGAZINE, SEPT/OCT 2011

BLUESWAX, PART 1, MAY 12, 2011

BLUESWAX, PART 2, MAY 19, 2011

LE MOYNE COLLEGE MAGAZINE, Winter 2011

VINTAGE GUITAR, Sept. 2010


BLUEGRASS SPECIAL, Apr. 2010


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