Living Blues - 9-10/95, p.108
"...The program of originals tends to the houserockin' side of classic Chicago blues."
OUTSIDE LOOKIN' IN includes songs from the out-of-print European CD NOTHIN' BUT FUN.
Studebaker John & The Hawks: Studebaker John (vocals, slide guitar, harmonica), Rick Kreher (guitar), Ron Regnas (bass), Bob Carter (drums).
Recorded at Dr. Caw Studios, Northbrook, Illinois in March and November 1989.
All songs written by John Grimaldi.
Personnel: Studebaker John (vocals, slide guitar, steel guitar, harmonica); Rick Kreher (guitar); Bob Carter (drums).
Audio Mixer: Craig Williams.
Recording information: Caw Studios, Northbrook, IL (03/1989).
Photographer: Gary Hannabarger.
Outside Lookin' In finds Studebaker John perfecting his overdriven, propulsive Chicago blues. His originals may not always be memorable, but they're sturdy vehicles for his hard-driving harmonica and gutsy guitar. Studebaker hasn't changed his style at all -- essentially, this is the same album he's delivered before, and he made several others like it afterward -- but this is the one that features his best playing. ~ Thom Owens