Thursday, 7 February 2013

Samuel James - And for the Dark Road Ahead

New Blues

Virtuoso blues guitar playing on dobro or nylon acoustic [Camus is great example], Samuel James complements this excellence with the most meandering storytelling – no so much in the narrative line, though this can be complex and expansive – but in the way it dictates variations in the pace and playing of the blues guitar, which is finger-picked and slapped and strummed [all brilliantly] in tandem with the shifts of the telling. His voice too ranges from spoken to crooned within these evolutions in each song. There’s even the spoken comic poetry of The Execution of Big Black Ben, Parts 1 and 2. Superb.

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