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Monday, 25 August 2008

Bayou Blues

On the subject of old-fashioned methods of discovering new music (see previous post) I picked up Jonny Jenkins' Ton Ton Macoute after happening across it on a listening post in HMV. The first track is a swampy blues walk on Dr John's gilded splinters. It seems that the track was sampled to form the basis of Beck's Loser. Paul Weller does a creditable version of the same, and the original is a gris gris great, but Jenkins' version tops them both thanks to a funky break (the first thirty seconds is all drums) and some terrific slide guitar from Duane Allman. A must for fans of that southern soul blues.

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