MP3 Ben Eaton - Sucker Punched
''Sucker Punched''is a collection of all original hard-workin'',good-timin'',bottle-breakin'' country and blues.
10 MP3 Songs
COUNTRY: Country Blues, ROCK: Americana
"...with much of what oozes out on the airwaves these days smothered in a smooth, sticky sweetness that requires that you periodically hose down yer speakers at the car wash, it''s mighty refreshing to come across a rough-cut gem with the unadorned spunk of this sweaty, back-porch romp. On "Sucker Punched,"...singer/songwriter Ben Eaton... caterwauls and careens through 10 original tunes, his own guitar and harmonica accompanied by a joyfully honking collection of area musicians.
...Eaton clearly draws his inspiration from vintage, pre-rock''n''roll era touchstones-in Eaton''s case, we''re talkin'' about an impressive sprawl that includes the likes of Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie. Mississippi John Hurt, Hank Williams and Muddy Waters.
...Eaton''s vocal delivery is a languid, drawling backwoods style that often conjures a more blues-oriented (and bone-weary) Jerry Lee Lewis, and his broke-down tales speak of experience that''s...beyond his years.
Suitably, the core band - guitarists Ruairi Fennessy (who also contributes a tune) and Dustin Busch, drummer Pat Lake and multi-instrumentalist/co-producer Andrew Brockman -couches the proceedings in a skunky, junk-trap/chickenshack racket that fits the tunes like off-the-rack overalls..."
By Jim Musser, Iowa City Press-Citizen, March 13, 2003