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Showing posts with label Big Belly Mama. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Big Belly Mama. Show all posts

Friday, February 18, 2022

Music Maker artist: Albert Smith - Big Belly Mama - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release,  Big Belly Mama, from Albert Smith and it's a terrific example of stripped down blues. Smith, on broke down piano and vocal knows how to create the mood. Opening with Tell Me Mama, Smith shows a real feel for the roots of rock and barrelhouse piano playing. His vocals are primitive yet pleasing. Piano boogie, Biscuit Roller has a great feel and Smith's vocals are steady and authentic. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Give Me Back My Wig with it's soulful wailing vocal style, cool lyrics and rag tag piano style. This appears to be the same track made popular by Hound Dog Taylor but from a totally different style. Excellent! Moving into a gospel styling with Roll Is Gonna Be Called and continuing into You Are My Sunshine, Smith is just out there rejoicing in his life. Wrapping the release is Albert's Rap'n Boogie with Smith playing piano under a brief discussion with MM's Tim Duffy. This release is volume 51 in the Foundation's Listener's Series which is issued to Listener's Circle Members 6 times annually. This ongoing support brings unheard voices to light. Visit for more info.

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