Kerry Kearney review…September 26, 2018….

KERRY KEARNEY

GOT SLIDE GUITAR?

DWAZ ENTERTAINMENT

LAWDY MAMA–POOR BOY–JESUS IN BATON ROUGE–FATHERLESS BOY–MEAN OLD FRISCO–WORLD TRAIN–GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY–MEMPHIS HIGH–LITTLE PLAYMATE–REALLY RUINED IT–ONLY GOLD STAYS–BLOW YOUR LITTLE HOUSE DOWN–SWEET HOME CHICAGO–MISSISSIPPI RIVER STOMP–THANK YOU JESUS–TROUBLE IN MIND–WENT TO SEE THE LORD–LOUISE LOUISE BLUES–WELL TRAINED GIRL–LEANING ON THE EVERLASTING ARMS

The second CD we received from Long Island bluesman Kerry Kearney is entitled, simply, “Got Slide Guitar?”  This one is chock full, at a robust twenty cuts, of blues standards and Kerry’s originals, all composed in the style of the early Delta masters.  Special guest vocalists include Alexis P. Suter, and the late Sam Taylor.

Leading off, Kerry’s stompin’ slide glides thru the traditional blues of “Lawdy Mama, don’t need to worry,” with added harp from Charlie Wolfe and B-3 from Tony Campo.  Kerry’s composition, “World Train,” is done with acoustic dobro, and recounts a trip from “Mississippi to Tennessee,” on that mighty train, with mandolin from Papa Jim Fleming!  Another excellent cut is the Americana-flavored cover of Dylan’s “Girl From The North Country,” with Maria Fairchild on banjo and duet vocals.  Maria also adds the layered second guitar on one of our favorites, the beautiful take of “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms.”

We had a tough time picking out more favorites, for, trust us, they are all good, but we chose two, one cover and one original.  “Sweet Home Chicago” is a bluesman’s staple, but Kerry treats it herein as a New Orleans-styled romp, with Jason Chapman’s trumpet and killer piano from Mark Mancini ridin’ over Kerry’s slide!  Our other favorite was Kerry’s original, “Thank You Jesus, for your sweet, sweet yesterdays!”  This one is beautiful and bittersweet as well, featuring duet vocals from the late, great Sam Taylor.

With “Got Slide Guitar?,” Kerry Kearney offers up twenty fantastic shots of blues in all shades of the palette, brought to life by his masterful work on the guitar!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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