Duncan Street review…April 23, 2014…

DUNCAN STREET

BAPTIZED BY THE BLUES–15 SOUTH RECORDS

WATERMELON, BBQ, AND BEER–COME TO MISSISSIPPI–COLOR ME BLUE–SHARPEST MARBLE IN THE DRAWER–I BE’S TROUBLED–LOVE ME TONITE–BAPTIZED BY THE BLUES–SHAKIN’ THE BACON DOWN–TATER SALAD WOMAN–GO RIGHT BACK TO BED–THE BLUES COMES IN ALL COLORS

For many, the concept of the blues is best played out over a “less is more” approach.  That is the premise behind the new collaboration between guitarist Dave Duncan and harmonica man and percussionist Stan Street, as their “Duncan Street” album allows the true passions of the players to be at the forefront.

Dave Duncan has been on the Nashville blues radar for over twenty years.  (Get a copy of his “Don’t Know If It’s True, But It Happened To Me”  album with its classic ode to the Clinton White House, “Harmonica Lewinsky—man that girl could blow!”)  On this set, he is the master of all things stringed, and his vocals and playing recall the Delta greats.  Stan Street, who wrote two of the cuts and adds vocals on two more, is a folk artist and also owns the Hambone Gallery in Clarksdale, MS.  A chance meeting of the two led to the creation of this album, and their sound is one that is sure to please fans of all types of blues.

The party starts with Dave’s dobro howlin’ at the moon and backed by Stan’s harp as they tout the three basic Southern food groups–“Watermelon, BBQ, and Beer!”  Stan’s vocal and bass drum keep the groove of “Come To Mississippi” as he extolls the virtues of more great culinary delights, including “cornbread and collard greens, ham hock, and fried chicken, please!”  Dave nails that killer riff that pushes Muddy’s “I Be’s Troubled,” the set’s only cover, as Stan takes the vocal turn, wailing “I just can’t be satisfied’ for all it’s worth!  Dave’s lead is just a tad faster than the original, giving it a cool, down-home groove.  Stan adds “hambone” percussion on “Love Me Tonite,” and sax on the set-closing “The Blues Comes In All Colors,” that Dave explains to us all as you travel just south of that “Willie Dixon line!”

We had two favorites, too.  The title cut is a chooglin’ shot of Hill-Country boogie, with Stan singing of the life-affirming revelation that grabbed him the first time he “found  Muddy Waters, it gave me cold chills.”  And, Dave’s wry, witty sense of humor is on display with the tale of a man who’s simply a “natch’l born lover man,” and “not the Sharpest Marble In The Drawer!”

In a world of uncertainty, there’s one thing you can sho’ nuff count on.  When two great bluesmen such as Dave Duncan and Stan Street get together, you know there’ll be a helluva party, and “Duncan Street” is the real deal!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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