2007-04-06 / Columnists

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Commentary by Leanne Edwards Cool Hand Lou and the Downtown Daddy-O's

Commentary by Leanne Edwards
Cool Hand Lou and the Downtown Daddy-O's

"Cool Hand Lou and the Downtown Daddy-O's," is not just a great name for a rocking blues band, but a great name for a group of talented musicians.

The band brings back the original sound of blues and shows us what it's all about.

At a recent concert, the sound was rich and clear and the performance was one to remember. I had never heard live blues music before, but to be completely honest, I loved every second of it. Lou and the Daddy-O's really proved that the blues is not dead.

I was "Saved by the Blues" at Long Island's Jugs and Strokers in Merrick, Long Island, by Cool Hand Lou and the Downtown Daddy-O's.

The band, consisting of Lou Gerrero, Dennis James, Nemo Vera, and Ron D. Fletcher, played songs such as "Stormy Monday," "Mustang Sally," "I'm Evil," "Killing Floor" and "Standing at the Crossroads."

Songs like "Mustang Sally" and "Stormy Monday," which I have only heard on the radio or CD, were performed in a way that I had never expected. Being given the opportunity to hear these classic songs done live with such passion and perfection was an eye opening experience.

"Cool Hand Lou and the Downtown Daddy-O's
"Cool Hand Lou and the Downtown Daddy-O's No justice can be given through my writing about how amazing they sounded and how professional they were. The only way you can truly understand how this group of musicians entertained and performed is to see them for yourself. Being a fan of music or a fan of the blues you won't be disappointed.

Their next local performance will be at The Blackwater Inn on Saturday, May 12 at 10 p.m. right here in Rockaway Beach.

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