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Southside Blues
  • Artist: Andrew Swann
  • Label: CD Baby
  • UPC: 9330357003395
  • Item #: CDBY570033
  • Genre: Blues
  • Release Date: 2/20/2007
  • This product is a special order
  • Rank: 1000000000
Price: $12.88

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Southside Blues on CD

RHYTHMS MAGAZINE CD REVIEW Longtime blues devotee Andrew Swann's impressive CV boasts extensive experience playing with household names at home and abroad from the realms of blues, iazz; rock and pop. Over many years touring worldwide, Swann's broad versatility as a drummer has been well established. A onetime music student at the Victorian College of the Arts, Swann is also a composer who plays piano, guitar and harmonica. Southside Blues, as well as demonstrating his proficiency on the latter two instruments, exhibits Swann's competent vocal abilities across a range of traditional blues and gospel selections. With a voice resembling that of Randy Newman, he performs three original tunes and ten others in a country blues format aided sparsely by piano, bass, drums and percussion backing. A raw, no-frills project, this three-quarter hour recording made at Preston Studios in Melbourne avoids overdubs and technical embellishments retaining an authentic air consistent with it's vintage material. Three songs - the lazy 'Automobile' and 'Katie May' and the upbeat 'Fan lt'- are sourced from Lightnin' Hopkins, obviously a major inspiration. Among others derived from Jimmy McCracklin, JimmyWitherspoon and Blind Willie Johnson sit uncluttered takes on Bob Dylan 'lt Takes a Lot To Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry' and Willie Dixon's 'Wang Dang Doodle'. Inserting occasional lead fills, Swann plays a steady acoustic rhythm guitar largely devoid of fundamental riff-based structures. His electric guitar - in distortion mode adding grit to 'Move Me' and in a smooth-toned setting for 'Bleedin' Heart'- evokes a sound reminiscent of Sam Phillips' early '5os Sun Studio waxings. Swann plans a second Southside Blues instalment where he will explore the domain of city blues. Based on this exercise, it too should be a CD worth a listen. Al Hensley - Rhythms magazine, Sept 2004.