Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Blues, Pop
This is an album about survival. It is guitarist Armstrong's first effort following an April 1997 stabbing attack that left him severely injured and unable to play lead. Seven months later, though, he was back at work, and... more »
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This is an album about survival. It is guitarist Armstrong's first effort following an April 1997 stabbing attack that left him severely injured and unable to play lead. Seven months later, though, he was back at work, and though still not fully recovered, was able to turn out the excellent Dark Night. Two of the songs deal directly with his experience: the title track, and "Lil' James"--written about Armstrong's son, who was also injured in the attack. Several of the other songs on the album deal with survival, mixed in with some of Armstrong's older standards like "Slender Man" and "Witchin' Moon." Joe Louis Walker turns in some guest guitar work, and Kenny Baker adds a few sax solos, notably on "Lil' James." Despite Dark Night's frequently dark subject matter, the overall tone is optimistic, and the quality songwriting and solid slide guitar and rhythm work prove that Armstrong is still a force to be reckoned with. --Genevieve Williams
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Outstanding new release from an artist with much promise.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dark Night by James Armstrong is an inspiring body of work by a man who has truly experienced life's inequities. An extremely talented songwriter, dynamic vocalist and a determined guitar player, James is in the process of an amazing return to the blues scene with this new release. Dark Night runs the musicial gamut, from the haunting title cut to Smokey Robinson-ish soul and even a little country blues twang. My favorite cut so far (today)? James' playful cover of Slender Man Blues-a humorous tune that will have women from coast to coast grinning from ear to ear. My advise-get this one and if you don't already have it- pick up Sleeping with a Stranger, too. Start your James Armstrong collection early and look forward to more good things from this man in the future."