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Review Date: December 2008
by Robert T. Murphy
Scott Perry's "Hero Worship - Original Interpretations of Traditional Acoustic
Blues" pretty much describes this CD. This CD is a tribute to all the black
musicians who's music defined early blues music and Scott has selected sixteen
tracks either traditional or written by various performers which include Furry
Lewis, William Moore, Willie Dixon, Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller, Skip James
and of course no traditional CD could be complete without a track from Robert
Johnson. A variety of instruments are used, resonator guitar, guitar, harmonica,
fiddle, kazoo, jug, washboard and upright bass. Scott has an excellent voice for
this type of music, which is mostly laid back and relaxed.
Of the songs on the CD, Willie Dixon's 'Back Door Man' takes on a laid back,
approach with some nice finger picked guitar backing. Blind Boy Fuller's
'Rattlesnakin' Daddy' is a medium shuffle tune. 'See See Rider', which is a
staple of many rock bands gets a roots blues treatment, which is not forced, but
relaxed, while telling a story, with just enough harmonica to sound good. I'm
not a fan of harmonica, however, it's used to great effect here, adding just
enough to accent the music, without overpowering the songs. 'France Blues' is a
fairly fast 12 bar blues, which shows where the roots of rock & roll came from.
Skip Jame's 'Hard Time Killin Floor' is presented as a slow droning blues, with
finger picked guitar with some slide guitar accents. Robert Johnson's 'Stop
Breakin Down' is presented a lot cleaner and more produced than the original,
but retaining the flavor. Muddy Water's 'I's Be Troubled' works as a 12 bar
blues, with some nice slide guitar on it's fairly fast tempo. Ov
erall all of the songs are done in a tasteful manner, without any of the
instruments overpowering the overall feel.
Bottom Line: This CD is roots based blues with no electric instruments. This is
fundamental blues that you could hear played on the porch 50 to 100 years ago.
If you like your blues based on the roots of this style of music, then this CD
is perfect for you. This would be a great CD for sitting back and just sipping
on a beer. If you want hot rod electric guitar, ala Stevie Ray Vaughan or
others, you better look elsewhere.
Reso-phonic Guitar, kazoo and vocals - Scott Perry
Harmonica - Rick Manson
Fiddle & background vocals - Ralph Berrier
Washboard - Jay Griffin
Jug - Scott Baldwin
Upright Bass- Dylan Locke
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