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THE BLUE RIDER TRIO:
Preachin' The Blues
Heres the best-selling blues CD in our catalogand for good reason. Blues Revue calls the Trio three of Marylands finest blues musicians. Authentic Piedmont and Delta blues from Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Willie McTell, Leadbelly, plus a handful of tasty originals. The Blue Rider Trio has a relaxed, appealingly original acoustic sound with surprising rhythmic sock. And, this is some of the most spectacular blues sound on CD. A Bound For Sound Recording of Exceptional Merit. (#56962)
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Bound For Sound:
Recording of Exceptional Merit.
Comprised of an acoustic blues guitar, harmonica and slap bass,
the Blue Rider Trio is one part Mississippi back 40, one
part hillbilly rock and one part folk balladeer. There is nothing
electric here, and Ben Andrews can play a box guitar into splinters
Ü a John Lee Hooker with overhead cams and a turbo charger! If
you are looking for something completely different that will energize
your stereo system, this is the place to look.
Hi Fi News & Record Review :
At first glance, yet another white boy lost in the blues. But this purist has style, intensity and sincerity Ü not necessarily in that order Ü so dont cringe at the thought of a disc which opens with a cover of a Robert Johnson song. Audio casualties note: this was recorded without any filtering, compression, EQing, noise reduction, multi-tracking or overdubbing. Hell, the notes even talk about minimal-length cabling, so revel in an [A*:1/2] experience.
The Blue Rider Trio consists of three of Marylands finest blues musicians: guitarist/vocalist Ben Andrews, harpist Mark Wenner from The Nighthawks, and bassist Jeff Sarli of Big Joe & the Dynaflows. The focus of this tight set of country blues standards is on Ben Andrews plaintive voice and heartfelt picking. There is little new ground broken but the support of Wenner and Sarli provides this album with a special sound. Mark Wenner can play with delicacy or fury depending on the tune and never fails to amaze with his versatility. Jeff Sarlis gently throbbing string bass provides a surging bottom that propels the fast tunes with a refreshing rockabilly feel. On the slow tunes his subdued playing deftly anchors the interplay between guitar and harmonica. Ben Andrews playing is most influenced by Robert Johnson and Blind Willie McTell as the titles indicate, but there are surprises like Mississippi John Hurts ethereal Pay Day. Ben Andrews contributed the originals Freight Train Boogie and She Dont Do Me Wrong. Fans of Cephas & Wiggins, Ball & Sultan, or Steve James will enjoy this relaxed set of country nuggets.
More deliciously trad is Preachin the Blues (Mapleshade), cut by guitarist/singer Ben Andrews, Nighthawks harpist Mark Wenner and bassist Jeff Sarli under the name Blue Rider Trio. These three mine styles and songs of great country-blues stylists, kicking up clouds of rich delta dust along the way. But the music never sounds dusty; theres too much love and conviction Ü especially in their affecting spin through Blind Blakes Early Morning Blues. A pair of Andrews originals also fits comfortably with its distinguished company.