CD Review - Grand Rapids Press
Weezwords Records, 2003
Those that follow the blues scene know that the field is crowed with musicians
who are long on talent but short on originality and inspiration. This is
particularly true of regional artists who can keep the dance floor filled all night
with cover tunes but clear the room when they try to add one of their own
tunes to the mix. Likewise their discs seldom rise above the "nice try" category
due to the inclusion of well-worn chestnuts and recycled riffs. On this, his third
disc, Larry "Weezil Malone" Fitz once again separates himself from the pack
by focusing entirely on a diverse collection of quality original material. Backed
by nimble keyboard work and a steady groove laid down on bass and drums,
Fitz explores roots rock that would fit comfortably on a Sun Records collection,
"Two In The Morning", straight Delta Blues that find their way into Chicago, "I
Wish That You Would Love Me",  chugging Texas guitar blues on the
instrumental number, "For Freddie", 70's style blues rock ballads, "Addiction",
Memphis soul blues, "Nothing But Despair", rock and roll, "Wild and Free",
and even a Grateful Dead style mid- tempo rocker, "One Hundred More
Miles". Lyrically, Fitz takes on everything from mates who talk waaaaay too
much,  "Yappin' Like That",  to making it through a jail stint by thinking of the
beauty awaiting his release on "30 Days". While this disc recently won the
WYCE Jammie Award for best local blues disc it is broader than that and
should appeal to not only blues fans but to those who enjoy a rollicking rock
number or two in their diet.
...Mark Smith, GR Press
Weezil Malone and the King Sized Blues Band have compiled a CD that, to
date, has revealed a most telling tale of the scope and extent of their
imaginative capabilities.  Larry Fitz (a.k.a. Weezil Malone) and Mike Rizzo have
penned 14 handcrafted originals in this, their latest release, entitled
“Everything’s Good”.  Starting with the disc’s first cut, “Two in the Morning”, a
get out of your chair and boogie jumper, that effectively employs some rather
stylish rock hooks, you sense there is something special going on here.  
Malone’s haunting “Thirty Days”, harks back to primal recording effects found
on long forgotten rockabilly LPs of the 50’s.  The band’s instrumental “For
Freddy” reveals a surprisingly strong boogie backbeat previously unheard
from keyboardist Mike Rizzo.  Mike contributed three compositions to this disc.  
Rizzo’s corpulent rhythms provide a fine framework from which these tunes
derive a unique laidback sound.  Producer Gordon Howe, the band’s bass
player, has done a commendable job on the studio aspects of this release.  
Howe, a much sought after recording engineer in the West Michigan area, is
gaining a reputation in Michigan as an up and coming producer.  Drummer
Tom Davis, a veteran of countless tours with the legendary Gatemouth Brown,
contributes heavily to this recent release.  From his opening licks on the first
track “Two in the Morning”, to his finely tuned embellishments on the cut “Wild
and Free”, one can understandably surmise why Davis is considered one of
the premiere pocket drummers in the Mid-West.

Weezil Malone and the King Sized Blues Band have once again reinvented
themselves, transforming into a musical unit that is taking the blues genre into
a new configuration.  By bending the basics of blues, R&B and rockabilly,
along with tweaking the signatures of different shuffle tempos, beat mixtures,
and instrumentation, they have, as others have, turned an old song into a new
tune.  Durable blues groups such as the King Sized Blues Band recreate the
music but the genesis is still blues.

So right now why don’t you just pour yourself a tall cool one, prop those legs
on the coffee table, and slip in this CD.  Enjoy an original production of
invention from a band called Weezil Malone and the King Sized Blues Band.  
“Everything Good”!

Felix Ybarra
Contributing Writer
Big City Rhythm and Blues Magazine, Detroit, MI
“Tasteful, solid”…”you have a lot of personality in your music and some real
talent as a songwriter.”  “Tasty slide playing”.
...BRUCE IGLAUER/ Founder/Owner Alligator Records

“I love the blues, that’s all I play, that’s all I listen to, and you play real blues. I
loved it. Thank you!”..JOHN PRIMER, Leader Real Deal Band

“Yeah, you know how to make that thing (guitar)
Work”...ROOSEVELT DEAN, Leader Roosevelt Dean Blues Band

So stomp your feet, bop your head back and forth and just try to sit still...'cause
the band has arrived! This is The Weezil Malone Band! These guys are really
something...tight back-line, hot guitar and of course Weez, the glue and driving
force, and a driving force is what he is too. Along with his commanding
performances he shows his musicianship by REALLY owning the covers they
And, a special treat tonight, Michigan keyboard artist, the very top of the shelf
among keyboardidsts in the country, Lansing's own keyboard legend, Steve
"Doc" Yankee joins the Weezil Malone Band, "teaming with the band to give back
to Rockford some of the joy you have all given the band by having us back as
much as you have." ...Steve Jazwiecs, Mayor City of Rockford

WHAT A SHOW...A MUST SEE/HEAR!...Jack Mulder, Owner Michigan Music Farm
Guitarist and singer Weezil Malone is virtually a blues
institution in the Grand Rapids area, having performed and
recorded for years, (40 years in 2019). He now surrounds
himself with a stellar bunch of players, aka "the Rockin'est
little band around" --the Weezil Malone Band. It will be a
night to remember.