It has been a busy summer- I’ve written quite a few reviews, and done more listening than I likely should have, but I’ve done even more reading: as a result, projects around the home didn’t get accomplished. Neither did writing. (I had planned on working on my short stories/novella this summer. Hmmm…didn’t happen.)
With all the music coming my way, I haven’t found the time/energy to sit down and write about enough of it. Lazy, perhaps- I do normally try to write about 75% of what gets sent to me. (Thanks, PR folks.) I fell short this summer, so today I make the attempt to write that wrong. I’ve also been working at refining my writing, trying to write tighter; working without constraints (or an editor) I’m sometimes not as focused on ‘how’ I am writing. This weekend I decided to concentrate on the quality of my writing, taking time to be more concise in my expression.
Here we go: several reviews of roots music released over these summer months. Hopefully, something leads you to further investigation.
Blue Moon Marquee Gypsy Blues www.BlueMoonMarquee.com
A refreshing platter of hardscrabble blues and roots music. Comprised of two Albertans now based on Vancouver Island (our dream most days), Blue Moon Marquee are A.W. Cardinal (vocals and guitar) and Jasmine Colette (double bass, drums, and vocals.) If you can imagine David Johansen recording original music during his Harry Smiths phase, you are coming close to what Blue Moon Marquee accomplish on this riveting set of energetic, guttural blues. Lonesome Ghosts of a couple years ago was a fine introduction, but Gypsy Blues is that much darker, smokier, and satisfying. With a hint of ragtime in their mix, Cardinal and Colette explore the back roads lurking in the listener’s mind, causing one to feel both trepidation and elation while experiencing one’s baser possibilities. Key cuts: “Double Barrel Blues,” “Hoodoo Lady,” and “Tossin’ and Turnin’.”