International Blues Challenge #32 review…January 4, 2017…

VARIOUS ARTISTS

INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE #32

FRANK ROSZAK PRODUCTIONS/THE BLUES FOUNDATION

I’M YOUR MAN–THE PAUL DESLAURIERS BAND  HOUND DOG–INNERVISION  YOU MAKE ALL MY BLUES COME TRUE–SONNY MOORMAN  NORMAN’S BLUES–THE NORMAN JACKSON BAND  WHEN THE MONEY RUNS OUT–TREY JOHNSON AND JASON WILLMON  TALL GLASS OF WHISKEY–HECTOR ANCHONDO BAND  DRINKIN AND DRIVIN–BING FUTCH  CAN’T MOVE ON–DAVE MUSKETT  BLACK SHEEP MOAN–BEN HUNTER AND JOE SEAMONS

When the International Blues Challenge began back in 1984, there were only a handful of acts, and, in 2016, there were a whopping 257 acts.   Likely there’ll be that many and more  rocking Beale Street on January 31 thru February 4, 2017 when the next IBC convenes.  It’s a chance for blues lovers to meet and be entertained by representatives from blues societies just like ours from every corner of the world!

Thru the tireless efforts of one of our dearest friends, Frank Roszak, and The Blues Foundation, we offer our review of the nine-cut compilation live CD garnered from various performances during last year’s Solo/Acoustic and Band competitions.  It is entitled “International Blues Challenge #32,” and Frank and Co.  did one helluva job in picking something from virtually every style of blues offered during IBC Week.

One of our favorite groups leads off.  The Paul Deslauriers Band brings forth a song borne of the Delta and baptized in muddy waters, as Paul boasts to a lover,  “I’ll put you right–I’m Your Man!”  Sonny Moorman, representing the Solo/Acoustic side, brings his deep slide guitar to his ode to a lover who “Made All My Blues Come True.”  The traditional harp-guitar duo  of Trey Johnson and Jason Willmon offer  all us guys a sage lesson in life—“When The Money Runs Out, she will, too!”  The set closes on another fine acoustic note, this time with a cool collaboration from Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons with “Black Sheep Moan.”

Our favorite was born alongside that baby the blues had that they named rock and roll.  Innervision and “Hound Dog” is sly, sexy, and rocks from the Berry-fied intro to the stop-time climax, showing just how much fun the blues can be!

If you want to be immersed in the blues, the whole blues, and nothin’ but the blues,  get on down to Beale Street in Memphis in about three weeks, and just soak it all in.  If you can’t make it, tho, take a listen to “International Blues Challenge #32” to see what it’s all about!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

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