Review: Tom Attah – The Living Bluesman

Posted on: Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011

‘The Living Bluesman’
(self-released demo)

A relatively new name on the British acoustic blues scene, the hugely likeable Tom Attah has released this demo of eight songs which are, in his own words, “a bit rough and ready” – and which will be re-recorded some time in the near future. The Surrey-born singer, guitarist and writer has resided in Yorkshire for some ten years now, having studied music in Sheffield, and is now based in Shipley, near Bradford.

The songs comprise of all originals, bar a nice cover of the blues standard, “Catfish Blues”. Attah is accompanied just by Gordon Rodger on drums and percussion, to supplement his very rhythmic guitar playing and strong, warm voice. The demo kicks off with the fine “How Long Has It Been?”, a strong opener with some fine guitar work and confident vocal. “Walking Like A Man” has a strong old Delta blues feel, as does the excellent “Thinking Blues”, with a nice rolling Robert Johnson feel to it.

“Parts By Heart” moves slightly away from the blues, with dare I say, an almost Beatles-like feel to it; the rollicking slide guitar on “Young Man’s Blues” is back firmly in the Delta blues, with again a nice strong vocal from Attah. The fingerpicked  guitar on “Bam Bam Blues” – about a certain hip-shaking lady from Leeds – is a joy, with the lyrics showing Tom Attah’s sense of humour, which was very evident the time I briefly caught him live.

With a rising number of live dates, and the promise of these tracks coming out again in the near future Tom Attah is definitely a welcome addition and great prospect on the acoustic blues scene . . . catch him when he comes your way!




August 4th, 2011 at 20:57
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Nice report and photo Grahame. One to look out for I dare say.