Welllllllllllll! Here we are in bloody lockdown again in Melbourne, Australia, and further restrictions in Auckland, New Zealand…I gotta say, thank goodness for music to escape and keep us from despair folks…so turn off the news and turn onto below…
Just found Selwyn Birchwood’s third album Living In A Burning House and its exactly what I need!
This 36 year old singer/guitarist sounds like an oldblues soul with his songs of good times, bad women, tempting temptations, but they are all originals played in a contemporary blues style by this MBA graduated guy, who specialises in lap steel guitar, has a full time baritone saxophonist in band and apparently plays in his bare feet!
With a voice described as a cross between Southside Johnny and Lowell George and a lot of cosmic high energy guitar playing, this music will take you wherever you want to go….
Released on Alligator Records, veteran founder Bruce Iglauer believes much of this album is about Selwyn Birchwood, whose mother is British and father West Indian, finding his place in society…whatever this is a musical journey to hop onto!
A Canadian blues and roots singer songwriter with three 2020 Maple Blues Award nominations, including Female Vocalist, is Dione Taylor.
And her album Spirits In The Water is a sensation…inspired by a piece of Yuchi Indian folklore regarding the Tanasi (Singing River) in Tennessee, in which waters lives a woman singing songs of protection for all those who can hear, Dione Taylor has written or co-written 10 wonderful bluesy, Americana, rocky, gospel tracks that have immense appeal.
Her voice is the star of the show, with producer Joel Schwartz contributing banjo and guitar…bass, drums, keyboards are also top notch.
Okay this next one is both a bit of fun and a wonderful tribute to one of the best blues artists ever…..Junior Wells, who died in 1998. Blues Brothers is a new album that takes 13 original vocal and harmonica tracks and backs them with guitarists such as Joe Louis Walker, Bernard Allison, Kirk Fletcher, Colin James, Mike Zito, Popa Chubby, Guitar Shorty and Albert Castiglia…James Montgomery adds some extra harmonica in places.
Now some of these guitarists are known to play with a few histrionics on their own albums, but here they deliver their own solo interpretations, all in sympathy with Junior Wells vocals and harp playing, producing an album that is very much today but with that great link to the past…a fabulous introduction to new blues listeners, and a great addition to yours and my collections…the Wells estate collaborated in this release!
So we get everything from “Blues Hit Town” with Colin James through to “Worried Life Blues” with Mike Zito.
Over to you with “Messin With The Kid” featuring Tyler Bryant and “Lovey Dovey Lovey One” with Eric Gale.
Until again folks, when hopefully we can live sensibly with Covid!