Townsend was 71 when he recorded the album Mule in 1980.
This blues master delivered this heaping helping of
blues with a unique sound. Townsend's voice is full
of the blues. The mix of piano and Delta Blues is in
perfect form with load and loads of soul. If he traded
his piano for an old acoustic guitar one might imagine
a current Robert Johnson. I really like the long instrument
introductions on tracks 3, 4 and 13 before Townsend
I could have done without the mandolin. The songs I
most enjoyed were:
Bad Luck Dice
#2 Nothing But Trouble - wow, what great piano playing.
#5 Tears Come Rollin' Down - Vernell Townsend sings
while two guitars are strumming the blues.
#6 Is's A Hard Road To Travel - A bite of blues with
a morsel of swing.
#7 Talkin' Guitar Blues - this was my favorite track
with a perfect blend of two guitars and vocals - before
I knew it my head was bobbing and my feet were tapping.
#8 I'm Just An Ordinary Man - the sampling of boogie
woogie is a tasty treat.
#9 Alley Strut - fantastic - all piano. Go Henry go!
#10 Can't You See - close your eyes (not while driving)
and this duet takes you back seventy years to the crossroads.
#12 The Train Is At The Station.
like a heaping second helping please.
this CD were in stock I would give it a Strong Buy!
for now, peace.