H-Bomb Ferguson – Wiggin’ Out
H-Bomb Ferguson does not play the piano. He fights it. He punches the white keys and jabs the black ones. When he sings, he alternates between a deep growl and a high, hoarse howl. ...Ferguson's style -- wig and all -- is captured on Wiggin' Out... The album's 15 tracks have a warm, LP-era sound with Ferguson's vocals soaring over his four-piece band, the Medicine Men. ...
With the Medicine Men, the piano-man does some serious blues. Meatloaf and Shake Your Apple Tree march to Keenath Malachi Williams' modified second-line New Orleans beat and Eric Neuhausser's sassy tenor sax as their lyrics wallow in the blues stew of sex and romance. Ferguson and Neuhausser team up for I Got A Love and Moon, Shine On Me. On each, Ferguson settles his piano into a steady, honky-tonk mode while Neuhausser's sax buzzes around like a big, brass-plated bee. Then he sings. His voice is feisty and quick like a bantam-weight prizefighter as it delivers love letters with the power of a left hook to the jaw. - The Cincinnati Enquirer
1. Midnight Ramble Tonight - 2:27 2. Over You, Losin' My Mind - 4:28 3. Shake Your Apple Tree - 4:01 4. Heart in My Hand - 4:10 5. Meat Loaf - 4:17 6. I Got a Love - 2:54 7. My Brown Frame Baby - 2:56 8. Go 'Head On - 2:53 9. Love Her, Don't Shove Her - 2:05 10. Don't Leave Me - 4:06 11. He Say, She Say - 5:18 12. Leavin' You Tomorrow - 5:50 13. Ha Ha Ha, I Don't Want You No More - 4:52 14. Foolin' Around - 3:23 15. Moon, Shine on Me - 4:21
H-Bomb Ferguson (piano, vocals) , Keenath Malachi Williams (drums, background vocals, lead vocal on 11) , Marty Charters (guitar) , Eric Neuhausser (saxophone) , John Smith (bass) , Matthew Skoller (harmonica on 9)
1. AllMusic - Bill Dahl
Somewhere over the last 40 years or so, this purple wig-wearing R&B pioneer dropped his slavish Wynonie Harris imitations and became his own man, learning how to play piano to boot. His long-overdue debut album joyously recalls the heyday of jump blues via salacious rockers like "Meatloaf" and "Shake Your Apple Tree." Ferguson's young band, the Medicine Men, do a fine job of laying down exciting grooves behind the singer.