Blue recorded in 2001 is pure and balanced
in his vocals and harmonica/harp playing. Williams
harmonica/harp playing never dominated a song, if
anything it added some feel and fills in nicely.
My guess is when you retire and just play music
you've passed the need to prove anything and the
blues just flows. In this case it flows very well.
This 14 track CD is backed by piano with an occasional
hint of delta blues. I particularly liked the long
instrumental intros on songs 4 and 9.
I prefer songs with vocals, Midnight Blue (#2) was
my favorite. Don't Start Me To Talking (#5) was
reminiscent of the Delta Blues with vocal and harmonica.
Reconsider Baby (#8) was full of bass and piano,
a taste of harp. Key To The Highway (#11) was a
gritty version of the classic song. On this song
I caught myself tapping my feet - the kind of song
you'd expect to hear in an old blues joint late
in the set. Ride With Your Daddy (#13) kicked it
up a notch and the mojo was cut loose.
for now, peace.