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Friday, August 3, 2012

Kerry Kearney - Ghosts of the Psychedelta - New Release Review

I just received Kerry Kearney's new cd (to be released September 1, 2012), Ghosts of the Psychedelta. This 8 track recording is primarily based on old blues with a contemporary feel starting off with Kearney original Mississippi River Stomp. This track has a sound of southern rock with plenty of electric slide. Mean Old Frisco, a Big Boy Crudup song, keep a lot of the original roots with Kearney on acoustic slide (and toe tap). Stop Breaking Down, a Robert Johnson track, is a bit more upbeat from the original and in my mind with it's boogie beat, a bit more entertaining than Eric Claptons version.Big Bill Broonzy's Louise Louise Blues follows next and keeps with the upbeat tempo. Kearney presents the track very cleanly and compliments his singing with flawless slide playing. Lennon and McCartney (yeah the Beatles) One After 909 gets a southern rock styling with electric slide and a boogie beat. Although I'll not draw a comparison, Kearney's playing is certainly effected by earlier Allman Brothers riffs. Another Robert Johnson track, Last Fair Deal Gone Down is presented pretty straight forward in country blues style and once again Kearney demonstrates his fluidity on acoustic slide. Baby Set A Date, an Elmore James song, gets a R&B feel and is a pretty enjoyable interpretation. The surprise on this track for me is a slide player who uses a lot of Allman style licks playing an Elmore James track and presenting his playing more like Albert King. The cd is completed with Bob Dylan's Girl From The North Country in a almost civil war styling with banjo, fife and resonator. Nice touch.
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