Blues guitarist Bill Perry's third album for Blind Pig is certainly a fiery affair.

Blues guitarist Bill Perry's third album for Blind Pig is certainly a fiery affair. Popa Chubby stepped in to produce and he has honed the hard edge of Perry's blues/rock sound. The opening track, "Bluesman," has a down-and-dirty arrangement that gives Perry all the room he needs to air out a nasty lead guitar that quite deftly references Hendrix. Indeed, there's an echo of that icon in a few of Perry's solos, but that's mainly a sign of Perry's good taste. When he drops into more standard slow blues ("Live On"), his lead guitar is markedly different, but equally moving. Two of Perry's cover tunes—Tom Waits' "Till the Money Runs Out" and Bob Dylan's "You've Got to Serve Somebody"—are wisely chosen and powerful. "Raw Deal" is poised to help Perry establish a more recognizable sound, which is his principal need at present.—PVV