Review: Tim Woods – The Blues Sessions

Posted on: Sunday, Sep 26, 2010

Tim Woods CD Cover

Tim Woods
The Blues Sessions
Earwig Music CD 4962

Tim Woods has performed on the southwest Pennsylvania music circuit for more than 25 years. However, it was while touring in Georgia that he was inspired by a musical evening with some legendary bluesmen including David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards, which led to the creation of this album. The tracks were recorded in Chicago, Atlanta and Clarksdale during a six month tour.

The album features sixteen prominent blues musicians spread over the twelve tracks with Woods leading on vocals and guitar. The opening track, “Deep Ellum Blues”, is in acoustic mode, followed by a lively version of Willie Dixon’s “Do The Do” and Roosevelt Sykes’s “Castle Rock Boogie” on which Tim Woods’s rasping vocals are ably supplemented by some great keyboard playing from Aaron Moore. There are three other Dixon numbers on the album – “Spoonful”, “Built For Comfort” and a terrific, brooding delivery of “It Don’t Make Sense You Can’t Make Peace” complete with a tasty helping of organ artistry from Ike Stubblefield.

David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards plays three of his own compositions: “Bad Whiskey And Cocaine”, “Wind Howlin’ Blues” and “Drop Down Mama”, the last two embellished by the harmonica playing of Eric Noden. Big Jack Johnson features on acoustic guitar on his own instrumental composition, “Clarksdale Boogie”, and the album draws to a conclusion with Howlin’ Wolf’s “Who’s Been Talking” and the fast moving “World Came Tumblin’ Down”, which delivers another dose of magic from Stubblefield and a cracking guitar solo.

All in all, it is a pleasantly varied, entertaining album and a fitting tribute to the bluesmen whom Tim Woods clearly holds in high regard.

Tim Woods Website
Earwig Music Website

Lionel Ross

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