Monday, October 25, 2021

Charlie Barath - Just Me And My Friend (s) - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Just Me and My Friend (s) by Charlie Barath and it's quite good. Opening with a refined field holler, The Forgotten Man, It's just Charlie Sutton on vocal and Barath on harmonica. I really like this track as an opener with it's entry to the blues and it's basic simplicity.  Breaking into a full blues rocker, Travelin' Woman gives Barath the opening to show his Chicago style harmonica skills, backed by Jimmy Adler on guitar, Mike Law on bass, Gordon Grottenthaler on drums and John Burgh on organ. Really nice. Another change in directions on Ohio, with it's back country (almost western) folk style. I really like this track with Barath leading on vocal and harmonica, adding Jeff Scheller on acoustic bass, Pete Freeman on dobro, Ray Bruckman on mandolin and fiddle. Excellent! Open the swinging doors and welcome in full honky tonk country and western, Little Turtle Nightlight. With Sam Stuckey joining on harmony vocal, Scheller on acoustic bass, Joey Pinchotti on drums, Freeman on pedal steel and Bruckman on fiddle, this is my favorite track on the release. Excellent! No Smoking is a contemporary blues romp with a real nice opportunity for Jimmy Alder to stretch a little on guitar and for Barath to show his traditional harmonica skills. Another really nice track. Much Better Now is a really cool country blues track putting me in mind of a Taj Mahal album for the way back using tuba as the primary rhythm instrument. With Roger Day on tuba and Barath on lead vocal and harmonica, very cool. Another unusual track with an early rag style is The Briar Hopper with Chris Sutton on guitar, Barath on harmonica and Day on tuba. It's not just's really good. Another of my favorites on the release is High Ball and A Covered Dish. With curious lyrics, cool vocals and harp by Barath, Max Schang on guitar, Gerry Boorish on acoustic bass, Bert Lerini on drums, John Burgh on piano, this track is really solid. Another honky tonk style western track is She Drives Me to Drink. OK. I admit that I love this style music and it's great. Barath on vocal and harmonica, Sam Stuckey on guitar, Pinchotti n drums, Burgh on piano and Pete Freeman on pedal steel, I love it! Wrapping the release is simple acoustic blues, One Way Gal. Bill Weiner on vocal and acoustic guitar and Barath on harmonica wrap this very enjoyable release. Gotta say, very fine job! 

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  1. Thanks so much for the review, Bman, I'm glad you're digging the new record!
    One correction, however, the opening track features my good friend Chris Sutton on vocals. ( I can only WISH to have those vocal chops!)
    Peace! πŸŽΆπŸ™ƒ

  2. Hey my pleasure thanks. I have made the correction