Dale Miller: Fingerpicking Rags And Other Delights

 

Summary

Format: CD

Genre:  Folk/Folk-blues/Jazz/Pop

Tracks: 21

Playing time:  38 minutes

Availability (out of 3): **

Related website(s): http://www.dalemiller.com

My rating:  10/10

I like…  The variety of genres, the upbeat feel, the rich tone

I’m less keen on…   Some of the tracks are very short, but then the album is really aimed at guitar players wanting to learn new tunes and arrangements

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Not only did the “folk revival” in America in the 1960s see the rediscovery of some great performers from, several decades earlier, it also saw a new generation of would-be guitar players. Many set themselves to learning the styles of the likes of Mississippi John Hurt, Reverend Gary Davis and Son House.  Some tracked down the music of other players, long dead, from the 1920s and 1930s. Blues and ragtime guitar challenged their dedication and co-ordination.

 

A number of players married the fingerpicking styles of some of the greats to compositions of their own, or to a range of tunes from folk or pop traditions. This album is a case in point. Continue reading “Dale Miller: Fingerpicking Rags And Other Delights”

Big Bill Broonzy: The Bill Broonzy Story

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Format:  CD

Genre: Blues (Acoustic)

Tracks: (for 3-CD set) 67 (including “chat”)

Playing time: (for 3-CD set) 202 minutes

Availability (out of 3): 3-CD set: * / 2-CD set: ***

Related website(s): http://www.broonzy.com

My rating: 10/10

I like…   The strong voice, the driving but melodic guitar, the strong blues lyrics, the “chat” between songs, the sound quality

I’m less keen on…   At times I skip some of the “chat” tracks – but only at times! 

n.b. this review is of the earlier 3-CD set that I own, but much of it will apply to the current 2-CD edition

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