Used Blues | Deep Down in Florida

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Deep Down in Florida

by Used Blues

Winner of the 2010 "Independent Music Awards" Blues Song category for their composition "Palm Reader Blues".
Genre: Blues: Electric Blues
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1. Deep Down in Florida
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2. Fix Me Up
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3. Don't You Go
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4. Palm Reader Blues
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5. Gator Stomp
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6. Guess I'll Hit the Road
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7. No Place in the World
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8. I Told You
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9. Thats How Much
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10. One for My Love
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11. No Color but Gray
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12. No Place in the World (Acoustic)
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Winner of the 2010 "Independent Music Awards" Blues Song category for their composition "Palm Reader Blues". Hailing from Gainesville, Florida, the Used Blues Band has been reinventing traditional blues forms since 2002, when bassist Butch Wise formed the band with a few fellow blues aficionados. After a few personnel changes the resulting line up (Wise on bass/vocals; Alan Yeatter, guitar/vocals; Gus Olmos, harmonica; Rick Wagner, drums) has done just that on their first album, fusing the electric blues formula with rock, soul and traditional delta sounds to create a unique and yet evocative debut not to be missed.

The title track, "Deep Down in Florida", is a raucous homage to blues giant Muddy Waters and a playful tip of the hat to the band's stomping grounds. From there the album careens into more soulful territory with the searing R&B lament "Fix Me Up", followed by the Otis Redding-influenced confessional "Don't You Go". The band next digs deeper to produce the superstitious, haunting delta-esque "Palm Reader Blues" before changing things up yet again with the bouncy Chicago-style harmonica rollick "Gator Stomp". "Guess I'll Hit the Road" and "I Told You" find Used Blues sounding very much at home in the Texas house-rocker style, complete with blistering guitars, growling vocals, howling harps and rock steady rhythms. The band slows things back down for the soul-searching 12 bar guitar showcase "No Place in the World". The angst-ridden "That's How Much" hints at jazzier leanings while still maintaining the band's emotional edginess, while the bittersweet "One for My Love" picks things up again, mixing Motown and reggae into the bluesy milieu. The listener will hear the echo of Led Zeppelin in the intense "No Color but Gray", and with the plaintive acoustic version of "No Place in the World" the band wraps it up where it all started; slide guitar and vocal, the blues, as vital as ever in the hands of Used Blues.


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Ben Prestage

Great CD!
Terrific mix of original material. Soulful songwriting performed by a solid band.

Rob Richardson

A truly diverse blues band from Florida
If you love the blues - Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Satan And Adam, you name it - you need to check this out. If you just kinda like the blues - into more like Led Zeppelin or Eric Clapton then there's still plenty here you'll like.

Unlike some blues albums where every song sounds the same, this one goes from a tasty Muddy Waters cover to a dark Zeppelin sound to the Mississippi Delta and then to upbeat SRV joints. And I don't even know how to describe That's How Much - it's just damn good. And it all works - these cats are versatile.

This is one of the best blues albums I have heard in the last few years. If you check out the samples and there's nothing here you like, well then enjoy the new Britney Spears.