That's Big!

It's been about three years since Charlie Baty and company released a record, and the anticipation in Bluesville surrounding That's Big! has been keen.

It's been about three years since Charlie Baty and company released a record, and the anticipation in Bluesville surrounding That's Big! has been keen. Thankfully, it's a strong outing, very much in the mode of previous Nightcats efforts. The band has long been famed as purveyors of jump blues but, as the new album once again demonstrates, these guys are all over the blues map. Something else that hasn't changed is the remarkable amount of original material this band tracks. Twelve of the 14 songs are originals, including such stand-outs as the fabulous jump-blues number "Money Must Think I'm Dead," the flash instrumental "Bayview Jump," the slow blues "I'll Bet I Never Cross Your Mind," and Rusty Zinn's tasty guest vocal on "It Better Get Better."—PVV