Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Echoes of Otis Rush blues in Beyond Here Lies Nothin’

Thanks to Gerald Bamford of Norfolk tribute band Back Pages:

“Having listened to the free download of Beyond Here Lies Nothin', what I hear is a blues in Am closely related to those of Otis Rush - a blues guitar player and singer of some repute from Chicago in the ‘50s and ‘60s whose best known song is probably 'All Your Love', most famously covered by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers featuring Slowhand Clapton and released on the 'Beano' album (give both a listen).

“I have played around with the structure for years so now it can be updated and immediately added to the Back Pages set list once I've written down the lyrics! Oh joy!

“Bob's version is very nicely augmented by David Hidalgo's (of Los Lobos) accordion and now I'm really looking forward to hearing the rest of the album.

“I always hear the sound before I ever try to dissect the lyrics. It was ever thus, right from the first hearing of The Freewheelin'...back in '63.”