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Preserving Country Blues through Education, Performance and Technology
Slack
November 17, 2011, 06:19:11 PM by Slack
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Love, Murder and Mosquitos - Red House
Written by Andrew Mullins

Love, Murder and Mosquitos - Red House RHR CD 172
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It'#039s hard to believe it'#039s been five years since Paul Geremia'#039s last record, The Devil'#039s Music. That'#039s too long for a musician of this calibre to go without a release. Finally we have Love, Murder and Mosquitos.

 nbsp There'#039s quite a bit of 12-string guitar on this album, with a good eight tracks - almost half the CD - played on that great-sounding twelve he restored. The record is probably more strictly country blues than his previous release - no Ray Charles or Percy Mayfield - although aside from John Hurt'#039s '#039Frankie'#039 and Patton'#039s '#039Pony Blues'#039 there aren'#039t many songs from the country blues Top 40 (which is just fine with me). Even '#039Frankie'#039 is given a rather unusual treatment on 12-string, and '#039Pony Blues'#039 features Martin Grosswendt on fiddle to distinguish it from the usual take on this Patton classic, while at the same time recalling Patton'#039s work with Henry Sims.

Participants from the Port Townsend Workshop when Geremia was in attendance a couple years back may remember his take on some of the tunes that appear here. Pink Anderson showed him '#039Meet Me in the Bottom,'#039 which opens the record, played on 12-string, and which Paul played at Port Townsend in the 12-string concert he did with Ernie Hawkins. ...
Michael Kuehn
January 27, 2010, 04:45:52 PM by Michael Kuehn
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Craig Ventresco Plays the Guitar

Craig Ventresco Plays the Guitar - Independent
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Craig Ventresco Plays the Guitar is the latest CD by, you guessed it, Craig Ventresco. Craig is a San Francisco-based guitarist who came to real prominence when he was lifted off the street corner by filmmaker Terry Zwigoff to record the soundtrack for the film "quotCrumb."quot He is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of late 19th and early 20th Century rags, pop and vaudeville tunes, jazz and blues. He manages to rediscover long lost music from old 78s, piano rolls, cylinders and manuscripts. I think most Weenies are familiar with Craig'#039s unique style of playing with a flatpick and ring finger, so I won'#039t go into that. There are a fair number of Craig'#039s videos on YouTube where you can experience his amazing playing.

As one would expect, the songs on this CD are an eclectic collection, many, if not most, were new to me. After some digging on the internet, I found a bit of the history behind some of these tunes. Where Craig got them is anybody'#039s guess. Here?s a brief sample of what'#039s on the CD:

"quotThe Blues Have Got Me"quot, by Roy Turk and Abner Silver, was first recorded in 1924. I found a brief clip of Warner?s Seven Aces doing it for an album called Jazz From Atlanta, 1923-1929.

"quotTake '#039Em To The Door"quot is a tune written by Henderson-Rose-Davis, per...
uncle bud
May 13, 2009, 07:20:15 PM by uncle bud
Views: 2237 | Comments: 1

Fetch It! - Steve Cheseborough
Written by Andrew Mullins

Fetch It! - Steve Cheseborough
Independent


Portland-based musician and author Steve Cheseborough has put together a strong set of country blues for his latest CD, Fetch It!, which was released in January. The author of the guidebook Blues Traveling: the Holy Sites of Delta Blues, Cheseborough is a part-time blues historian, but never comes across sounding like one on this CD. He takes a laid back approach to the music that is very appealing - it'#039s always a pleasure for the listener when the performer sounds so relaxed and sure of their material. Just sit back and enjoy.

The record opens with "quotHear Me Talking to You"quot, an arrangement of a Ma Rainey song with a beautiful melody that provides the title for the CD in its lyric, "quotyou got to fetch it with you when you come."quot The pace sets the tone for much of the rest of the disc. Cheseborough adapts the song - originally played by a jug band - for solo guitar in Vestapol tuning to great success. His arranging talents are in evidence throughout the record, but particularly on Little Brother Montgomery'#039s "quotVicksburg Blues"quot, a slow blues that transfers surprisingly effectively from piano to guitar, and the wonderful Georgia Tom Dorsey song "quotBeen Mistreated"quot, which sounds a little like it'#039s gone through a Bo Carter machine.

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