The 23 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown tracks (and, save one co-written tune, they are all originals) on the Rock My Blues Away compilation offer proof positive of the Texas guitarist's command of roots music. Though steeped in the blues idiom, Brown folds country, bluegrass, Cajun, rock, and even jazz into his unique brand of music, and as a six-string slinger the man is legendary. This generous set provides no shortage of evidence to these claims, packing in feel-good boogie and down-home blues amid an eclectic stylistic mix that will appeal to blues aficionados and adventurous music fans alike.
Guy's last Chess album finds him shifting gears to keep up with the scene. His turns on "Keep It to Yourself," "Crazy Love," "When My Left Eye Jumps," "Leave My Girl Alone," and "I Suffer With the Blues" are some examples of this mercurial guitarist at his explosive best. The rest of the album is filled with groovy, soul-styled workouts; some of them succeed and some sound a bit dated, but overall this is one of Buddy's stronger efforts.
Doug MacLeod displays several sides of his artistry on this AudioQuest CD. His music ranges from solo folk numbers in the idiom of Leadbelly (but covering different subjects) to country blues with a trio, a few romps with the wailing harmonica of Carey Bell and two collaborations with the country fiddle of Heather Hardy. MacLeod's appealing voice is easy to understand, his lyrics are thoughtful and fresh (even when covering universal subjects) and his melodic guitar playing is versatile. MacLeod's well-conceived set should appeal to collectors of acoustic blues and folk music.–by Scott Yanow
Rhodes toured Europe in 1976, and that opened a whole new European market to him, and he was recorded by several European labels, but without much success. His European recordings include "I Don't Want My Blues Colored Bright" and a "Live album", In Europe.
The release of this complete session on Compact Disc some five and half years after it was first recorded given us the opportunity to look in retrospect at this music. Surprisingly though, to the best of my knowledge, Buddy Guy has not recorded a proper studio set since this was cut at the very end of 1981. Buddy had already cut two sessions for ISP (the first has already been re-issued on CD in a re-mixed and re-mastered form-dsp CD201 Clive At The Checkerboard Lounge 1979) one live and one studio……