Review: Red Dirt Skinners – Live In Aberdeen

Posted on: Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014

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Review for THE RED DIRT SKINNERS – CD – ‘Live In Aberdeen’ Self release

The Red Dirt Skinners are an acoustic duo who give us rootsy country music with influences from folk, blues, bluegrass, Ragtime to Americana, Southern rock and more. This is evident in their excellent current live album, ‘ Live In Aberdeen’. They are Rob and Sarah Skinner.

With Rob on superb acoustic guitar, vocals and percussion and Sarah on super sexy soprano sax and vocals, they make a formative duo. They give us some great harmonies and class musicianship, (Sarah was voted ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ in the British Blues Awards 2014) Some tracks on the album are self penned.

The album kicks off with a country blues, ‘Cornbread Peas and Black Molasses’ setting the scene and giving a taste of what is to come. Plenty of country roots, interspersed with Ragtime with the likes of ‘Shreveport To New Orleans’ and folky input with ‘The Monkey And The Engineer’. Some super sax on the country blues ‘Pound Sign’ and a great take on the final number ‘Hot Tamales’ an up tempo ragtime number with exceptional jazzy sax.

The whole album is an easy listen and if you like rootsy acoustic music this will appeal to you. It is music that takes us away from the norm, but draws its influences from Texas and other southern states. A great duo that come to life on a live stage with a big sound and the excellent album ‘Live in Aberdeen’ gives you a taste of that!

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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