Canadian west coast guitarist and songwriter Jeff Wyatt, who has been performing with bands as well as solo for over 40 years, has finally released an entire blues influenced album entitled PEOPLE DO BLUES. The album’s 14 tracks explore various blues styles that have developed across the United States, including Country Blues, Southern Blues Rock, New Orleans Blues and Chicago Blues. Although each track is not necessarily “strict” blues as such, blues lovers will easily be able to hear and enjoy the inherent blues influences.
Track 01: PEOPLE DO BLUES - a somewhat political lyric with a Southern Blues style accompaniment
Track 02: I JUST GOT THE NEWS - sometimes news comes in waves, and it's not always good
Track 03: RL BURNSIDE BLUES - my dedication to the late, great blues guitarist/singer RL Burnside
Track 04: BODHI SURFING - modern style surf guitar instrumental with a tongue in cheek use of the Sanskrit term "Bodhi"
Track 05: CHASING MT TAIL - this sometimes feels like the seeming circular direction of my life
Track 06: LONGING BY THE RIVER - a Gospel Blues tune
Track 07: SWAMP RAT BLUES - a Southern Blues tune about a guy who’s quite down on his luck
Track 08: OVER THE LINE - a story about an old 70’s traveling band named Eden
Track 09: THAT’S MY MOM - a dedication to my mother on her 80th birthday
Track 10: BUTT BURGER BOOGIE - a 12 bar blues shuffle instrumental
Track 11: TEQUILA ON MY SHOES - a colorful Mexican honeymoon trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Track 12: WHISTLE IN THE DARK - a New Orleans Blues dirge
Track 13: SING SOME BLUES - a simple blues slide guitar tune
Track 14: LIKE NEVER BEFORE - a rather self-indulgent electric guitar song
You can listen to the complete album in it's entirety by going to the RECORDINGS page at
Tom Harrison - The Province, Vancouver, April 10th, 2011
Though Wyatt has taken three years to produce this album, blues has been around a lot longer and has created traditions and modes of expression this record only begins to explore. Wyatt sings and plays with charm and those who favour a flavourful approach to swampy and slide guitar driven blues-rock to flashy but sterile blues (the curse of most contemporary blues) will like this record. The two minor reservations that prevent the album from being a killer is that, one, most of the 14 tracks come in at five minutes each. He could have tightened up the arrangements, done some editing or dropped a few tracks. The other is that Wyatt can be sentimental ("That's My Mom") or trite ("Tequila On My Shoes"). However, the honesty is part of the album's appeal and if you've spent three years on an album, you grow attached to the tracks as they are.
Ron Bervoets - Rootstime.be, Belgium, March 2011
Jeff Wyatt a guitarist and singer from the Canadian west coast has been in the music business for 40 years, at first during the 70’s with a band named Eden. In the nineties his first solo cd, "Flight of the Hawk" and 4 years later "The Bullfrog Session" (which can downloaded for free from his site). After that Jeff went quiet on the musical front. In 2004 he met the songwriter, Barry Greenfield, and they became the Greenfield Wyatt duo and recorded "Songs from the Rothstein".
It was in 2008 that I got to know Jeff Wyatt. I got his 3rd solo cd that was titled: "Reflections at every Corner". His cd is highly recommended here at Rootstime and today his latest cd: "People do Blues" gets played a lot on our cd player. The predecessor was a cd that stood out for it's variety of styles, with influences from Jeff Beck and even Celtic sounding songs, but this time Jeff has resolutely opted for the blues and nothing but the blues...in all facets, with emphasis on the slide guitar. His main influencess here are Ry Cooder, David Lindley, Sonny Landreth and Mark Knopfler and this is very clear on this cd. His recordings are done in a basement studio aptly named "Concrete Studios".
What strikes you from the first time you listen is the crafty, prominent sounding deep slide sounds in all the songs. A sound in the opening song "People do Blues" which resembles Mark Knopfler's "Money for Nothing" and a beautiful instrumental sound midway in the cd "Bodhi Surfing" is a similar approach. It is obviously inspired by Mark Knopfler. In the next track, the beautiful "I just got the News" he sounds like a mix between Sonny Landreth and Ry Cooder and he mimics the sound of these 2 top guitar players effortlessly.
In Acoustic Delta Blues we can hear his tribute to Robert Lee Burnside simply called "RL Burnside Blues". TO QUOTE RL'S OWN WORDS: "Well, well, well". But it gets better because "Chasing my Tail" surpasses everything prior effortlessly. Intense deep-sounding slide sounds, topped with Jeff's deep, warm voice. I know I am repeating myself but again Ry Cooder's influence is heard and even more in the next track "Longing by the River" a beautiful gospel song full of beautiful deep slide sounds. On the lyrical side you are struck by Jeff’s "tongue in cheek" humor that brings a regular smile to your face as you listen to his beautiful slide guitar. The song "Tequila on my shoes" is good example of this.
Of course we are not going to analyze all 14 songs on "People do Blues" here bit by bit as it will take too long. I am going to leave it up to you to discover this Joy for yourself. But we can say that Jeff keeps up this momentum in the rest of the songs and we can definitely recommend "Over the Line" where the slide sounds come to play. After yet another evening of listening to this cd we come to the conclusion: Some people do blues... some really good!
Francois Braeken - Bealestreet.be, Belgium, April 2011
People Do Blues ...... and those people are always welcome in Belgium Beale Street. Jeff Wyatt has been around for nearly a half century in the Canadian music scene but in our country is still a noble stranger/unknown. Hopefully this will change with the album "People Do Blues' because not only was Norbert Theodore Wyatt, just as the undersigned, born in 1955 - please note, the year rock & roll was born - but it is a great showcase for Blues Comes in many styles and with many faces. "People do Blues" has fourteen self-written (original) songs which are all at home in the wide range of country blues, Southern rock blues, New Orleans blues and Chicago blues. People do blues ...... the title track and the instrumentals "Bodhi Surfing," "Butt Burger Boogie" might bring to mind Mark Knopfler and together with Brendan Croker introduce a new lease of life to The Notting Hillbillies and maybe provide for guitar / virtuoso Jeff Wyatt a place to provide a guest / support act .....
That the man (guitar / slide) knows what he is doing is underlined with bravado on "I Just Got the News", "Chasing My Tail" with its beautiful country blues ode to "Mississippi" RL Burnside and "That's My Mom" (dedicated to his mother on her 80th birthday). People who swear by Sonny Landreth, Ry Cooder & David Lindley will probably change tacks on ( or: change their loyalties to..) Wyatt's "Swamp Rat Blues", "Give me one more drink, Over The Line" and "Tequila On My Shoes". "Sing & Play Some Blues" à Jeff Wyatt - supplemented by some "Whistle in the Dark" - and the world suddenly looks much nicer.
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All compositions © 2011 Jeff Wyatt (SOCAN) except Over the Line © 2011 Jeff Wyatt, Stan Dorsett and Jim Folk (SOCAN)
All arrangements by Jeff Wyatt
LABEL: Cardboard Alley Music
RELEASE DATE: January 31st, 2011.
PRODUCED BY: Jeff Wyatt
RECORDED AT: Cardboard Alley Music recording facility, Burnaby BC, between 2007 and 2010.
MUSICAL HELP: Bass guitar in Over the Line performed by Stan Dorsett. Organ in Over the Line performed by Jim Folk. Crowd sounds in Over the Line recorded by Brett Green.
ENGINEERED & MIXED BY: Jeff Wyatt
MASTERED WITH: T-RackS 3 Deluxe and Bias Peak 6 LE.
ART WORK & COVER DESIGN BY: Jeff and Janice Wyatt
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Stephanie Pruneau (front cover), Warren Reinheimer (back cover) and Bev Barry (CD image).
CD REPLICATION, PRINTING & PACKAGING MANAGED BY: Disc Makers
PARTICULARS: 4th solo album. Vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass and keyboards performed by Jeff Wyatt. Other Musical Help listed above. Digital percussion programmed by Jeff Wyatt. Recorded on a dual processor PowerMac G5. Software used included Digidesign ProTools, GarageBand, Amplitube, Reason, Sampletank, Miroslav Philharmonikand a host of IK Multimedia processors available in T-RackS 3 Deluxe.