Dale Brown - Zarahemla: Mecca Of Blues

Published Wednesday 5th September 2007
Dale Brown - Zarahemla: Mecca Of Blues
Dale Brown - Zarahemla: Mecca Of Blues

STYLE: Blues
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 29095-12911
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by John Baugh

The CD cover caught me out - an Easter Island statue head looks over a Dead End sign towards a group of pyramids with a mushroom cloud looming in the distance. But what was it going to sound like? Surprise no, not some terribly serious magnum opus of progressive rock (phew) but a collection of entertaining acoustic blues and bluegrass tunes. Talk about not judging a book by its cover. Now it has to be said that this CD has clearly been made by someone who enjoys the music - and why not? Yes, there are some bluesy numbers, but not a despairing blues, rather a hopeful blues and once it gets more jig to it and those fingers get picking it just oozes enjoyment. It is interesting to see that when Dale is not having a whale of a time recording he earns a living from painting and sculpture which may explain his "interesting" choice of cover artwork. Also anyone who writes that unauthorised duplication is a "no-no" has got to be worth investigation.

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