Review: Jock’s Juke Joint – Contemporary Blues from Scotland Vol 3

Posted on: Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013

Jock's Juke Joint #3 CD Cover

Various Artistes – Jock’s Juke Joint
Contemporary Blues from Scotland Vol 3
Lewis Hamilton Music LHMSBC32012

Not that any were needed, but the eighteen largely original compositions of this album provide further testament to the impressive strength of the current blues scene in Scotland. The album is also presented as a tribute to Laurie Hamilton and to ‘Big George’ Ross Watt.

The collection opens in spirited fashion with “Whisky Boogie” from The Lewis Hamilton Band, featuring Lyndon Anderson on harmonica. “Coming Alive” is driven along by Safehouse with Chris Peebles on gritty vocals and the relentless pace is continued by The Blue Devils with “Feel Like Jumpin’”. In contrast, “Light In Your Eyes” is a slow bluesy ballad with Linda Jaxson’s fine vocals beautifully complemented by some dreamy sax from Deke McGee. The Stumble than contribute a typically catchy number in the shape of “Lie To Me”, which is followed by “Giving The Blues A Try”, an acoustic gem with Al Hughes providing excellent vocals and some smooth guitar work.

“Don’t Put me Down” showcases the considerable vocal talent of Leona Rae, enhanced by some superb guitar playing from Daniel Drever while “What I’m Wishing” is a slow blues expertly delivered by GT’s Boos Band. The Shiverin’ Sheiks bring a feel-good factor to the party with “Strange Things Happening Every Day” before Calum Ingram presents his somewhat quirky “Game” with his distinctive, gritty vocals and electric cello. The upbeat shuffle “Lost Without You” by Main Street Blues features some fine guitar and keyboard enhancement and “Electric Karma Blues” from The Afghan Hounds has a hard-driven funky feel to it.

“Bad Woman” from The Blue 62’s has more than a hint of Peter Green about it and features some superb guitar work from Robbie Hill and “Hangin’” bounces along, providing more guitar and keyboard artistry from Brian Carpy and Chis Foreman respectively. The country blues trio “Souled Out Blues” deliver the bluesy ballad “Shine Don’t Burn” with Shirley Wishart on vocals and the acoustic mode is continued with “She’s Smart”, John Hunt producing great vocals and guitar accompaniment. Country blues is reintroduced by Red Pine Timber Company with “Sweet Saville”, which benefits from a tasty helping of sax from Felix The SaxCat, before the album is concluded with the excellent foot-tapper “Through With Me” from Harmonica Lewinsky.

Like the previous two albums in the series, this third volume provides an enjoyable mixture of styles from an impressive array of musicians and brings great credit on Scotland for its nurturing and development of blues-related music.


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