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The Steve Miller Band: Let Your Hair Down

Funtime blues remoulds.

Part two of an impressive double-whammy comeback that began last year with Bingo! – the first new Steve Miller album since 1993’s Wide River – Let Your Hair Down is a collection of cheerful covers that harkens back to the singer-guitarist’s authentic blues roots.

Spotted with gemstones like Jimmy Reed’s Close Together, Muddy Waters’ Can’t Be Satisfied and Willie Dixon’s Love The Life I Live – to all of which Miller brings his typically easy-fit spruce – what makes the album more delightful are less expected forays like Junior Wells’ and Buddy Guy’s Snatch It Back And Hold It (featuring Miller’s long- time musical compadre, the late Norton Buffalo on harp) and Jimmy McCracklin’s The Walk.

Available on ‘standard’ and ‘special’ editions (the later with four bonus tracks), there isn’t a dull moment to be found – a credit to the enduring power of both the blues and Miller’s own artistic fortitude.

Mick Wall is the UK's best-known rock writer, author and TV and radio programme maker, and is the author of numerous critically-acclaimed books, including definitive, bestselling titles on Led Zeppelin (When Giants Walked the Earth), Metallica (Enter Night), AC/DC (Hell Ain't a Bad Place To Be), Black Sabbath (Symptom of the Universe), Lou Reed, The Doors (Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre), Guns N' Roses and Lemmy. He lives in England.