Here are five standout blues discs that have just recently hit the shelves. Very good stuff here!
Big Shoes: Walking and Talking the Blues The Scissormen (Vizztone)
This CD/DVD set features daring but elegant fusion of old-time Delta blues with modern, occasionally jazzy and even "outside" musical elements. Throughout, Ted Drozdowski's stunning slide work pulses from subtle to electrifying with a canny sense of dynamics. The accompanying 90-minute DVD, produced and directed by Robert Mugge, combines footage from the road and live gigs with bits of blues history, and well worth the time for any blues fan. Visit Scissormen.com.
Son of the Seventh Son Mud Morganfield (Severn)
Eldest son of the legendary Muddy Waters, Larry "Mud" Morganfield sounds just like ol' Pops on this 12-track collection of Chicago blues, but he does so without consciously trying—it's simply in the genes. Highlights include "Leave Me Alone," "Go Ahead and Blame Me," and "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had." Visit MudMorganfield.com.
Essential Collection Omar and the Howlers (Ruf)
Filled to the brim with his signature mix of Texas blues and Americana, this 2-CD collection from Omar Kent Dykes is remarkable more for its strong songcraft than guitar heroism—reminiscent of a bluesier John Fogerty. Highlights include "Magic Man," "Hard Times in the Land of Plenty," "Wall of Pride," and "Mississippi Hoo Doo Man." Visit www.omarandthehowlers.com.
Blues Around the World Bob Margolin with Mike Sponza Band (Vizztone)
"Steady Rollin'" Bob Margolin teams with Italian bluesman Mike Sponza for an eclectic, 12-track blues platter mixing electrifying slide work with fingerstyle country blues, rockabilly blues, funky bites, and myriad sounds in between. Highlights include "Blues Lover," "Rather than Being Free," "While You're Down There," and Muddy Waters's "Rollin' and Tumblin'." Visit BobMargolin.com and MikeSponza.com.
Deeper in the Well Eric Bibb (Stony Plain)
Who says a Yankee can't get down 'n' swampy with the blues? On this new disc, recorded in Louisiana, New York City native Eric Bibb lays down 13 slinky, laid-back, Creole-influenced acoustic blues and folk tunes. Highlights include "Bayou Belle," "Boll Weevil," "No Further," and Taj Mahal's "Every Wind in the River." Visit EricBibb.com.
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