The constantly gigging Washboard Chaz Trio is one of the most reliable good times to be had in New Orleans, and on this latest release, Mix It Up, thankfully, he doesn’t. Mix up a good formula, that is. The album features 15 solid tracks of rollicking party blues that cheerfully careen along, propelled by Chaz’s skittering washboard and punctuated by his trademark bicycle bell. A few tracks veer slightly off the junk-blues formula. The cut ‘Summer’s Gone” was penned by Chaz’s Tin Men bandmate Alex McMurray, whose easy melancholy could have been plucked from Tom Waits’ Closing Time. Skip James’ ‘I’m So Glad” gains a spooky touch from Roberto Luti’s ominous guitar. And ‘Dodge,” with Andy J. Forest on lead vocals, has Dave Alvin-style country-rock horsepower. The good-time atmosphere is plumped up by the surprisingly large sound three guys can make with just washboard percussion, guitar and harmonica. Chaz can make his instrument sound like a junkyard symphony, and combined with Forest’s harmonica honk and Luti’s expert picking, the album shakes up the classics with grace and good vibes. Article by Allison Fensterstock, Best of New Orleans, April 15th, 2008.