veteran rock guitarist Doug Moncrief first heard Dr. Killdean
six-stringer Chuck Dean, Moncrief's jaw practically hit the floor.
"This guy plays electric guitar like nobody I've ever seen!" he
exclaimed. "It's so unique, it's hard to explain -- kind of like a
cross between Robin Trower and Jimi Hendrix -- just awesome!"
Dean is one of the most intense guitar players around!"
-Kim Simmonds -
guitarist for Savoy Brown
|The thrust of Killdean's sound recalls Texas-styled, guitar-driven
blues rock a la Stevie Ray Vaughan, with Dean's sustained guitar and
often raspy vocals sounding like they'd be at home covering material
by Vaughan or Johnny Winter. In fact, the tunes selected for this
debut cassette include some well-worn covers, including B.B. King's
"The Thrill Is Gone," Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" and the Willie
Dixon/Muddy Waters classic, "Hoochie Coochie Man." Although you've
probably heard these old warhorses dozens of times, here they're all
handled with skill and delivered with a harder electric edge than the
The band shows a fine sense of dynamics on the instrumental jam "Hide
Away," as well as a sophisticated feel for slower material on "How
Blue Can You Get." Dr. KillDean's cover of "She Caught the Katie" also
lets the band have some fun with lyrics such as "My baby she's long/
My baby's she's tall/ She sleeps with her head in the kitchen/ And her
big feets out in the hall."