A gigging musician of long standing in the London & home counties area MJ specialises in playing slide guitar
On this CD MJ has attempted to create & modernise the sound of the 1920-1930s America taking influences from Blind Blake, Boy Fuller, Willie Johnson, Robert Johnson, Mississippi Sheiks, Fred MacDowell & have included some original songs, still within this style. Hopefully he has made the old music more accessible to modern listening
Utilising all acoustic instruments including slide guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo, harmonica & fiddle, with percussion coming from a Bodhran & a variety of other rhythmic instruments, MJ has created an eclectic mix of original & cover songs with some unexpected & astonishing results.
MJ has used both Eastern & Western influences on the first track Jesus on the Mainline & gone for some Fred MacDowell style drop D tuning on the original, Snake Oil Blues. On Charlie Stone he has tried to recreate the sound of a New Orleans trad jazz band while Broke, Black & Blue, Po’ Boy & Sitting on Top of the World have a jaunty country lilt. There is plenty of slide guitar for the blues traditionalists on songs like Travellin’ Man, Big Butt Woman & Down to Friars Point, the Robert Nighthawk classic or you could choose dark & moody with Special Rider or Dark is the Night. There is some pure country with Sixth Fingers (a Dualling Banjo’s for this era), Step it Up & Go or Country Rag, a raucous mix of superb fretwork & violin. MJ
MJ has attempted to create this CD by playing most instruments himself. Charlie Skelton & Dr Tom guested on Fiddle & harmonica respectively & the whole disc was recorded under the supervision of master producer Mark Elliot who also helped out with percussion.
I hope you enjoy this musical trip through the deep south of America from New Orleans to the Appalachian mountains taking in the Mississippi delta, Memphis & Nashville on the way.