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Carlos del Junco - Blues MongrelCarlos del Junco - Blues Mongrel

Carlos del Junco has been around for quite sometime now in Canada and is currently represented by the Northern Blues Music label (think Jw Jones and Mem Shannon). He was born in Cuba and has been playing harmonica blues since the age of fourteen. He released his first album in 1993 and has a total of six available on his web site. I was very enthused by this guy's energy as he performs. I would love to see him live, but a trip to Canada is out of the question for now during the holidays. Carlos also has a unique "overblowing" method used that was taught to him by jazz virtuoso Howard Levy. Not too many players out their have this unique talent so give Carlos a chance and I am sure you will dig it!!


1. Blues with a Feeling-nice harp intro with down in the alley blues sounds

*2. No Particular Place-great shuffle w/ harp blowin' like hell

3. Plain Old (Down Home)-slow rumba type style

*4. Skatoon-rockin' & groovin'

5. Don't Bring Me Down-slow delta style w/ nice vocals

6. Our Man Flint-groovy instrumental

*7. Run Me Down-jumpin', upbeat tune

8. Let's Mambo-it is what it is...a flowin' mambo w/great harp

*9. Long Highway-highly addictive and makes me wanna dance!

10. Blues Mongrel-another jammin' instrumental

*11. Nine Below Zero-superb harp/vocal solo!

12. Don't Worry Your Pretty Little Head-sweet and slow instrumental

Visit Carlos on the web at www.carlosdeljunco.com or www.northernblues.com.

I give this album a 4.45 on the STLBluesometer! I really enjoyed it and plan on buying more of Carlos albums after the New Year!



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