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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Who Needs Covers - Half Deaf Clatch - New Release Review

I have just received a new release, Who Needs Covers, by Half Deaf Clatch. This is a 6 track release and it is truly over before you know it. The first track, Ol' Death Train is based on Jitterbug Swing by Bukka White. It is a pure country blues with a quick pace with only Clatch on resonator, foot stomp and his voice. Up next is Station Blues based on Depot Blues by Son House. Another acoustic blues with only vocal and resonator, this is very authentic sounding blues. I understanding that many purists will indicate that they need to hear the grit of 50 years of scotch in the voice but I think that Clatch does a really nice job. Mississippi Bowl Weevil Stomp is a redo of Charlie Patton's track of the same name. Robert Johnson's Stones in My Pathway is an interpretation of Johnson's famous track. Clatch doesn't try to emulate Johnson's voice but does it with his own style. Son House's Death Letter Blues is done at a much quicker pace but still retaining a raw blues feel. John Alex Mason's Strange Things wraps the recording. This is a quiet solitude country delta style blues cd. I think it will be very entertaining to anyone liking the primitive blues.

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