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Songs from the Southland
Genres: Blues, World Music, Jazz
This is the first album by this Dutch singer, guitarist and songwriter that contains mostly cover versions of songs by his favorite blues and country singers! Basically a solo album with a little help from his American and... more »
This is the first album by this Dutch singer, guitarist and songwriter that contains mostly cover versions of songs by his favorite blues and country singers! Basically a solo album with a little help from his American and English friends, "Songs from the Southland" makes effective use of Hans Theessink's incredible sense for modern versions of the blues. The interplay of Theessink's vocals with the many shades of Linda Tillery's Cultural Heritage Choir is truly unique! Hans Theessink has been internationally acclaimed as the most gifted European blues singer and writer of his generation.
Wow, Blues From Far Away, But The Real Deal
Michael Z. Jody | NYC & East Hampton, NY United States | 11/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I never meant to be a chauvinist, but I thought you had to be American to play great blues. Boy was I ever wrong. Hans Theessink is the real deal, despite being Dutch. His blues is exactly what the blues is supposed to sound like: full of heart and sadness. On this album (his best by far IMHO), he does a number of traditional blues songs including a tremendous St. James Infirmary, a melancholic song which has never been done better, despite being covered by Louis Armstrong, Dr. John, Doc Watson, Lou Rawls, and Dave Van Ronk (if you wanna know a few more versions check out my list of great versions of St. James Infirmary on Amazon).
Theessink, whose Dutch accent is almost undetectable, does versions of "My Girl" (Leadbelly), John Fogerty's "One Hundred and Ten in the Shade", some Robert Johnson, Skip James, and etc. Real blues, often done with solo acoustic guitar accompaniment, and nothing but his deep, DEEP baritone. Beautiful album."