Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Duncan Street - Baptized By The Blues - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Baptized By The Blues, from Duncan Street. Guitarist Dave Duncan and Harp player Stan Street open the release with a happy go lucky Watermelon, BBQ and Beer. A light country blues track a cool opener to this new release. Come To Mississippi is up next with emphasis on vocals and resonator guitar. Street who also provides percussive backing plays a nice harp track to go along with fluid slide resonator riffs. Lively blues boogie, Color Me Blue, has a great tempo and feel. With a solid 12 bar format this is one of the coolest tracks on the release. Sharpest Marble In The Drawer takes a slower blues pace and classic guitar blues riffs with a tongue in cheek lyrics. Muddy Waters I Be's Troubled keeps it's original pace and strong blues feel. Harp and slide work together nicely on this track in a clean manner. Love Me Tonight is a cool country blues number with straight acoustic guitar accompaniment. Title track, Baptized In The Blues, has a real rockin feel but not leaving blues alley. With a strong foot stomp as the direction to be followed by Duncan on guitar this is a lively blues number. Shakin' The Bacon Down takes on a New Orleans feel with marching snare drum and vocal duets and more sparing guitar work. Tater Salad Woman has a more raw feel and the sound of primitive blues. Chirping harp is a really nice additive to this particular track where all of the instrumentation seems to have a more human voice. Go Right Back To Bed has an Elmore James feel. A strong Texas style blues, Duncan drives the train on this track with a strong EJ rhythm and hot slide work and Street lays down some of the best harp work on the track. Very nice. The Blues Comes In All Colors wraps the release with a Howlin Wolf kind of track but on the down low all acoustic. This is an interesting release with varied exploration of the blues.  

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