August 11, 2012 - It Rock And Roll

Day: August 11, 2012

Salvation is a term thrown around too casually in blues music. Dancing with the devil or getting down to your knees when the storm is the darkest; those decisions usually come down to the woman in the dress or the drink in the glass.For six-string surgeon Kelly Joe Phelps, returning to his Christian roots wasn’t a desperate cry for help. It was simply a desire to change and find answers.Phelps’ rebirth helped shape Brother Sinner and the Whale, and certainly influenced the stories he shares. “Talking To Jehova” offers a calmed side to the gospel sounds of today and a more melody focused approach to Kelly Joe’s song writing. Phelps lets the melody – a gospel/blues riff picked gently from a bottleneck – glide and carry his story along. He’s not a street corner prophet, yelling to be heard or stomping the floor for attention. No, Phelps expresses his new inspiration and devotion in the quietest of tones and nestles his technical proficiency smoothly into the melody.

mp3 192 kbps | 71 MB | UJ | FD | UL

Zachary Lucky is a solid voice in the Canadian folk scene right now and although Saskatchewan is short, Lucky’s new EP shows the strength that he holds as a musician.Lucky opens Saskatchewan on an instrumentally sparse note. A Nick Drake-like ode, “Introduction” lets his guitar picking start the story while a violin and cello combination which are nicely featured throughout, fill the song.The title track is the most touching song from the EP. “I’ve been gone for a month or two. Many a letter should have sent to you,” sings Lucky in what really is a love-letter to Saskatchewan.

mp3 320 kbps | 45 MB | UJ

On his second album for Island Records, Buckwheat Zydeco continues to mix things up, adding some rock and pop covers to his trademark zydeco gumbo. Like its predecessor, On a Night Like This, the results on Taking It Home are a little mixed — the production is a little slick, covers like Derek & the Dominos’ “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad” (featuring none other than Eric Clapton on guitar) are ill-advised, and there simply isn’t the fire that distinguished his independent work. That said, no Buckwheat Zydeco album is a complete waste, and hearing him run through gritty, funky originals like “These Things You Do” and “Down Dallas Alley” makes Taking It Home worthwhile for long-term fans.

mp3 320 kbps | 86 MB | UJ

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