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Catfish Hodge Band

Gene’s CD Co.

Though he doesn’t live here anymore, Bob “Catfish” Hodge still seems very much the hometown boy. In the late ’70s, he was a constant figure on the music scene, filling such clubs as Desperado’s, the Childe Harold, and the Psyche Delly with his cheerfully muscular blues ‘n’ boogie. Indeed, all 16 tracks on this disc were recorded locally, and compiled from 1979’s Eyewitness Blues and 1980’s Bout With the Blues. Backed by a who’s who of old-guard Washington musicians, Hodge presents a sweat-inducing set of house-rockers that cover the R&B landscape, including the rollicking “Elmo’s Blues,” the jumping “I-Re-peat” and the Little Featish “To the Left.” Like most blueshounds, the studio can’t quite do justice to the spectacle of Hodge in person. Which is to say that these cuts make a good practice workout for when ‘fish comes to town again.