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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Who Needs Shelter - Half Deaf Clatch

I just received a copy of Who Needs Shelter, the newest release from Half Deaf Clatch. Clatch has put together 14 tracks of primitive blues music using nothing but a resonator guitar, slide, butcher block stomp board, stompbourine and his own voice. Track 1, Dancing In The Rain, is a mix between delta and Richie Havens. Well Well has some smooth slide resonator work with open tuning and a cool delta flare. Oh My Daze although still primitive in nature has a lot more of a modern sound to it. The influences of more contemporary rock sounds are apparent although they work nicely rather than conflicting with Clatch's theme. Handful o' Trouble is a cool Piedmont style country blues, keeping with the sound of original blues but with a touch of today. Good Deal Blues is a happy go lucky tune with finger picking resonator and Clatch's honest voice. (singing the) Working Blues is done acapella much like that of an old work song. It captures the feel of the original styling and the name only reinforces what you already know. Very effective. Slow Deaf Shuffle hints to a bit farther north and the hills of Appalachia. The resonator almost sounds like a banjo but as used in the early country blues music. Good Old Diablo, is a stompin' delta blues track with a catchy hook on the slide resonator. Clatch's playing style matches well to the use of resonator controlling and magnifying the complexity of the simple sounds available. Never Really Happened has a definite modern construction on a primitive base. The sounds are all crude but the assemblage is well thought through and well executed. Clatch wraps the recording with Working Life Blues, sounding like an interim McKinley Morganfield track, one between his country delta sound and his uptown Chicago sound. Clatch has developed an interesting trilling sound on the guitar and keeping the stomp going makes for a cool ending to an interesting look at modern delta style blues. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, 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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