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Monday, September 24, 2012

The Shack Up Session - Ross Neilsen - New Release Review

I have just the new release, The Shack Up Sessions by Ross Neilsen. Neilsen has taken his gear to the notorius Shack Up Inn outside of Clarksdale, Mississippi to make some music and this is the result. Thirteen tracks, many of them covers of traditional blues tunes demonstrating Neilsens take on his Resolectric guitar. Opening with Goin' Somewhere Neilsen shows his fluent knowledge of the open tuned slide guitar and his personal singing style which sets the tone for the recording. Next up is Can't be Satisfied and sticks pretty close to Morganfields original track. Next up a uptempo boogie version of Spoonful. Heartbreak Apart takes a more folk approach to the blues and has more emphasis on vocals. When My Trouble's Gone has a feel of a Gary Davis tune but with a modern pop twist. Human Mud, although keeping a modern sound, has many of the traits of a rockabilly track. Red Rooster is a fairly traditional take on the Burnett track. Back For More has a traditional blues feel but still retaining the modern folksy feel. What Love Has Done is a fairly straightforward folk track with interesting guitar work. Preachin' Blues again takes a traditional approach at blues but with modern characteristics. Walk In The Sun is a bit more uptempo with a rock beat but keeping with the more electro acoustic feel. Blues At Midnight is the most traditional sounding blues track on the release and possibly the most successful from a blues perspective. Slide work is interesting and vocals are contained. If you like what I’m doing, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! ”LIKE”

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