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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Ofeh Records artist: Blind Lemon Pledge - A Satchel Full of Blues - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, A Satchel Full of Blues, from Blind Lemon Pledge and it's an easy going folk blues rocker. Opening with steady rocker, Wrong Side Of The Blues with it's acoustic side approach but it rock rhythm. With BLP on vocal, guitar and harmonica, Peter Grenell on bass and Juli Moscovitz on drums. Moving to an amplified resonator guitar, BLP sets a slide riff under his traditional blues like vocal phrasing and cool harp response. His raw, side technique adds nicely to it's authentic feel. Ballad, Blue Heartbreak, has a sweet, R&B feel with a light touch backing, with a simple break for his melodic guitar soloing, really calling attention to BLP's vocal lead. Very nice. Shuffle track, Detour Blues has a clean, easy rock structure and forward focused vocals over a simple guitar/drum/bass backing and harmonnica accompaniment. With cool rock changes in melody, a radio style track. Before I Take My Rest has a country western feel and I really like it. The simple acoustic rhythm and BLP's vocal and slide resonator solo give this track a lot of traction. Wrapping the release is Death Don't Ask Permission, a really nice blues track in the manner of Rev. Gary Davis but with silde resonator instead of a thumping finger picking as Davis was known for. This is a great closer for an interesting release. 

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