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Paul Reddick - VillanellePaul Reddick - Villanelle
{2004 | Northern Blues Music}

Greetings fellow Blues connoisseurs! Pull up your favorite porch chair and break out a pitcher of Mint Juleps, ‘cause we are headed for a lazy summer afternoon in the Delta. This offering from our Canadian Blues brother, Paul Reddick, eases you into an era gone by. You can almost feel the humidity in the air as he spins some great old blues stylings. Close your eyes and Track 5 “Waves” could almost convince you that Robert Johnson was still recording! Musically, this is a very sound album with a great mix of acoustic, electric and harp. Paul’s voice has an ease and familiar quality, like that of your favorite t-shirt or jeans.

1. Winter Birds – lazy afternoon jam
2. Big Not Small – tasty harp tune with some funky voice effects
3. Villanelle – title track, somewhat sleepy & more country than blues
4. Luck in Love – a definite to toe tapper, gotta’ love that harp
5. Waves – Robert, is that you?!?!
6. So Long, Thank You, Goodbye – cute little whimsical song
7. Round This Time of Year – one of the few electric songs on this album, lots of feeling
8. Five Silver Dollars – awesome vocals and some great guitar pickin’
9. Six was the Six – another electric jam
10. Hooks in the Water – definitely different
11. Blue Eventide – music and background vocals give this song that old gospel feel
12. Stone of Indigo – cool voice harmonies
13. Burning Fuse – can you feel it yet?
14. Dog Catcher – right out of the delta, from the dog’s point of view
15. Some Afternoon Alone – the guitar parts make this song

Overall a sound album, for the Hitman it rates a 2.5 on the STLBluesometer.

Remember, you don’t need to be blue to appreciate the Blues, ‘til next time,
RJ “Hitman” Hendricks

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