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Putumayo Presents: American Blues

  • 1. Get Next to Me - Arthur Adams/B.B. King
    2. Hand It Over - Keb' Mo'
    3. Good Day for the Blues - Ruth Brown
    4. How Could You Do It - Henry Gray
    5. Cakewalk into Town - Taj Mahal
    6. She's into Something - Albert Collins/Robert Cray
    7. Hello, San Francisco, Pt. 1 - Sugar Pie DeSanto
    8. Call Me Baby - Raful Neal
    9. I Got the Blues - Otis Rush
    10. Sunpie's Romp and Stomp - Sunpie Barnes
    11. Needed Time - Eric Bibb
    12. Why Blues - Chris Thomas King
    13. Just Won't Burn - Susan Tedeschi
    14. None of Us Are Free - Solomon Burke
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 215

  • Credits

    Liner Note Author: Jacob Edgar.
    Illustrator: Nicola Heindl.
    Putumayo is to be congratulated for this roundup of, as they call them, "America's greatest contemporary blues artists." That statement is always going to be up for debate, but kudos for stepping beyond the big names to highlight some lesser-known, but equally important, talent. Arthur Adams, for example, has a wonderful voice that he uses smoothly on "Get Next to Me" (although B.B. King's solo fires the piece to a higher level). And some of the acoustic tracks are absolute joys, like Chris Thomas King's "Why Blues?" It would have been nice to have heard something more recent from Taj Mahal's extensive catalog than "Cakewalk into Town," which almost qualifies as vintage -- but it's still majestic. Ruth Brown, Sugar Pie DeSanto, and Susan Tedeschi show that women get the blues too, with Tedeschi firing off some stinging guitar. Whether Solomon Burke really qualifies as a blues singer is debatable -- to many he'll always be one of soul's kings -- but his voice remains an impressive vehicle. However, it's good to see Sunpie Barnes and Henry Gray get exposure. Perhaps next time they can extend their range to include people like Otis Taylor who are reinventing the meaning of the blues. But for now, this is a good job. ~ Chris Nickson

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