Tuesday, October 27, 2015


The challenge for many blues CDs is to broaden the appeal for the traditional blues format without wrecking its roots. This new CD from Little Boys Blue, a band from western Tennessee, hits the mark. And it is all tied together by JD Taylor’s smoky harp playing. This is a fine blues album.
Of the 11 tracks on the CD nine are original, written by JD Taylor and his son Alex who plays guitar in the band. Their version of “Death Letter Blues” is swampy and fresh, and their take on Muddy Waters’ “Can't Be Satisfied” has a wonderful Delta feel. The originals range from traditional blues to Cajun to Memphis blues to one song – “Howling for You” – that sounds like slow, greasy Southern rock. I love it. JD Taylor’s blues harp is the real magic in this album. His command of his tone is remarkable, and his phrasing is like a conversation with a Southern gentlemen: It has a certain drawl and a clever humor that will keep you listening. My favorite cut is “Go Back Home,” an original slow blues song with two guitars, horns, a B3, and JD’s harp and voice. Like all the songs on this album the rhythm section is solid. The record has a good pro recorded sound. I recommend it to all blues fans, and particularly to those who are blues curious. If you are a blues harp player you should have this disc on regular rotation. “Bad Love” from Little Boys Blues is available at iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. -Rick Davis Sheridan Wyoming USA