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Blues Keep Following Me Around
Genres: Blues, Pop
When Billy Branch appeared with three of his elders--James Cotton, Junior Wells, and Carey Bell--on the 1991 album Harp Attack, it was a sign he had finally emerged as a major Chicago blues-harmonica player, one who had ad... more »
When Billy Branch appeared with three of his elders--James Cotton, Junior Wells, and Carey Bell--on the 1991 album Harp Attack, it was a sign he had finally emerged as a major Chicago blues-harmonica player, one who had added jazz and R&B touches to the blues fundamentals learned from his mentors. Branch's first solo album, The Blues Keep Following Me Around, captures his modern vision of the Chicago blues in the most persuasive terms possible. The album separates itself from the usual parade of blues releases by the high quality of the songwriting and playing and by the boldness with which Branch stretches the blues form rhythmically and harmonically without breaking it. --Geoffrey Himes
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The Blues Keep Following Me Around, my review from Barcelona
Jose Maria Domenech Fedi | 07/12/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A sensational record this "The Blues keep following me around" of the considered as one of the better current harp-player with a very good voice too, formed in the Chicago Blues school, among the finest of the emerging masters of the blues artists and are destined to carry the music into the 21st Century. This record carries the worthy contribution of the famous guitarist Carl Weathersby, a really competent rhythmic band with a magnificent David Torkanowsky's piano-work and has excellent themes therefore in conclusion is a marvelous record.
While the songs all of them have a high level so what I will say about one song applies to all of them but I'd like to make a distinction in some themes as the slow version of "If heartaches were nickels" (also Kenny Neal another luminary performs a great version in his HOODOO MOON's LP), the sophisticated, catchy "You" with a fantastic blend of Soul, Blues, Rap and Rock with stellar Branch's harp-work and an Carl's guitar-work slick and crafty as always, the spectacular and superb Weathersby's "The Blues follow me around" in the tradition of Robert Johnson's "Hellhound on my trail" a jewel, another Weathersby original "Should have been gone" traditional Blues in the grand Jimmy Reed tradition, a competent Howling Wolf's "Evil" cover where Wolf's voice is perfectly emulated by Branch's voice and to end the magnificient jumping rocking shuffle "Where's my money". I give it 4,5 stars and recommend it highly
Billy Branch sounds great with Carl Weathersbys guitar backi
Duane Odonnell | Sacramento, CA | 02/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD captures the essential essence of Billy's stage presence, and also features the awesome guitar pickings of Carl Weathersby. carlweathersby.org"
BILLY...A BRANCH FROM THE ORIGINAL BLUES TREE
G. J. Cook | new orleans louisiana usa | 12/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"BRANCH IS GREAT. ONE OF THE RARE, SECOND GENERATION BLUESMEN OUT OF CHI-TOWN. THIS CD IS, IN MY OPINION, THE BEST THAT HE'S DONE. HE INCORPORATES ALL STYLES OF BLUESHARP ON THIS CD. HE ALSO HAS A GREAT VOICE TO GO ALONG WITH HIS GREAT PLAYING. I'VE LISTENED TO ALL THAT HE HAS RECORDED AND,IF YOU WANT TO DIG BILLY BRANCH AT HIS BEST,THIS IS THE CD TO GET. JERSEY SLIM"