Sugarcane Collins – Way Down The River
Not only does Andy ‘Sugarcane’
Collins third CD take us way down the river, but
it also crosses oceans. Australian Sugarcane brings
us a heapin’ helpin’ of southern U.S.
Delta blues from down-under.
As a blues listener in the United States I was blown
away with the purity of these songs, so-much-so
I think many of the U.S. born bluesmen today should
take note and drown themselves in the richness of
blues music history as Sugarcane obviously has.
While the songs are of the 1920’s & 30’s,
yet recorded today, they are far from being over
produced with too much music. These thirteen tracks
reminds the listener of cotton fields, stale-beer
and stale-smoke filled juke joints, trains, prisons
and Mississippi delta itself.
We know what river he is talkin’ about but
there is a twist, Hailing from Down Under, (Yes,
That Down Under - Blokes) Andy “Sugarcane”
Collins hits a great chord on "Way Down the
River," his collection of 13 blues-based compositions.
Sugarcane gives us practiced and soulful finger
picking ability, some nifty slide guitar, and a
strong southern influenced voice. This CD is a cool
mix of classic blues, and you would not guess he
is not from the delta, THE delta that is.
on this recording are:
Acoustic guitar, washboard, electric bass, electric
guitar, drums, congas, organ, drums, harmonica and
1. Like A Midnight Shower Of Rain
2. Got A Mind To Ramble
3. One Wing Frank
4. Folks Of The Road
6. All The Way To St. Louis
7. I’ve Heard The News
8. Follow Me Boy
9. Sallie Mae
10. Shine The Light
11. Dancing Rabbit Creek
12. Stranger Here
13. Way Down The River
Total Time: 56:26
Buy the CD and enjoy the ride to the Delta, if it’s
your first trip, take it slow and come back often.
My rating 4.95.
Ciao' for now, peace.
Peter 'Cornbread' Cohen,
I don’t care if this guy cooks his shrimp
on the gulf seaweed or the Barbie he is good and
this CD is a 4.8 on my STLBluesometer. Later