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Classic Album Review: 20 Miles | Keep it Coming …

The Blues Explosion guitarist heads back to the juke joint with his drumming brother.


This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Judah Bauer has a pretty good day job — he plays guitar in the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. But his infrequent moonlight gig in 20 Miles seems to be his true labour of love.

Led by Judah and featuring his drumming brother Donovan, 20 Miles is a far more reverent and authentic blues outfit than JSBX. And Keep It Coming…, the pair’s third album, is its strongest and most accomplished work. Apparently recorded around the time of the last Spencer disc Plastic Fang, these 15 cuts choogle along to a cornucopia of greasy guitars, gritty melodies, get-down grooves, honking harmonicas and Judah’s dry nasal vocals, which all add up to something that sounds sorta like Lou Reed taking the stage at the juke joint with Keith Richards and Charlie Watts backing him up. Keep it coming, Judah. Keep it coming.