Future of the Blues, Vol. 2

Future of the Blues, Vol. 2


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Future of the Blues, Vol. 2 is basically a sampler CD of Canada's Northernblues label, which by the time of this 2005 release, was rising to prominence as one of the more active and independent blues-oriented record companies. The 14 principal tracks (all of them by different artists) were taken from previously issued albums; the 15th track, John & the Sisters' "Burning at the Feet of the Lord," serves as a previously unreleased "bonus track." It's not likely to be looked upon as an important or pivotal release in the history of early 21st century blues, but it does at least testify to the label's variety of approaches within the blues idiom, as well as its willingness to go beyond conventional blues forms. There's acoustic-rooted blues borrowing from the singer/songwriter form (David Jacobs-Strain); swampy blues-funk (Dan Treanor and Frankie Lee); gutbucket torch blues (Janiva Magness); boogie-woogie piano and Jimi Hendrix-like blues-rock (by John & the Sisters, on their two different cuts); a sly jazz blues instrumental with hints of ragtime and cabaret (James Cohen); and blues as a soft-shoe shuffle (Brian Blain). Perhaps the best piece is Kevin Breit and Harry Manx's instrumental "No Particular Place to Be/Itchy Knees and Elbows," with its train-rolling rhythm and witty, almost quizzical riffs.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2005
Label: Northern Blues
UPC: 0809509020027
catalogNumber: 20200
Rank: 202357

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Technical Credits

Charlie Musselwhite   Author
Bessie Smith   Composer
Hubert Sumlin   Author
Bruce Cockburn   Author
Steve Morse   Author
Grier Coppins   Composer
Colin Linden   Composer
Kevin Breit   Composer
Art Tipaldi   Author
Eddie Turner   Composer
Robert Silverstein   Author
Dan Treanor   Composer
Errot Nazareth   Author
David Jacobs-Strain   Composer
Jeffrey Morgan   Author
Paul Reddick   Composer
James Cohen   Composer
Travis Furlong   Composer
John Dickie   Composer
John Shelton   Author
Chris Nickson   Author
Brian Blain   Composer
P. Kellach Waddle   Author
Doug Gallant   Author

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