Some great blues this week from some new artists to this part of the world plus a stunner from a UK based Aussie…
Black Crow Moan is the latest album from Detroit’s blues/rocker Eliza Neals and it is a beauty!
I have not heard of this lady before but was drawn in with the calibre of her backing band, including Joe Louis Walker and Derek St Holmes; 10 tracks incorporating elements of country, R&B, soul and blues to create her high powered own sound.
Neals is not only a great singer, operatically trained, but a prolific songwriter, pianist, producer, bandleader in her own right…I have never been to Detroit, where, judging from the number of her local blues awards, she is a legend!
Nearly every track on this album works!
Costa Rican Jose Ramirez has delivered a world class blues album with his debut Here I Come.
Anson Funderburgh, legendary blues guitarist and producer, bought Ramirez to Austin, Texas to produce an album influenced by both soul and R&B musicians such as Ray Charles, Teddy Pendergrass, Al Green and BB King, with a little Johnny Guitar Watson in there as well.
The album features 9 originals, showcasing some excellent song writing skills, and 2 covers, with studio stars Jim Pugh on keyboards and the legendary Texas Horns.
This is a very impressive album from a guy who would have been bought up on a diet of calypso, reggae and other forms of music in his own country…it has already featured on various blues charts in the States and was second at the 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Australian artist Emily Barker has a distinguished career as a theme songwriter for TV dramas Wallander and The Shadow Line, and her 2017 album Sweet Kind Of Blue was an excellent piece of Americana; we now have her latest A Dark Murmuration of Words which, like many of her fellow artists these days, focuses on what is happening in the world now, including climate change, love, racism, and our human connection.
Whether you agree or disagree with the subject matter or Barker's point of view, her new album is right up there in terms of creativity, vocals and lyrics.
Kind of folky, the album was recorded live in Wales with production by Greg Freeman ( Peter Gabriel, Amy Winehouse, Portico Quartet) with some stunning instrumentation and singing.
Let me out!!!!