Review: Julian Burdock & Danny Del Toro – Double Dare

Posted on: Saturday, Feb 28, 2015


Julian Burdock & Danny Del Toro – Double Dare


Here’s an enjoyable, understated gem from 24Pesos front man Julian Burdock (guitars and vocals) and Danny Del Toro (harmonica) – an 11 track collection of mainly blues classics, but including a couple of Burdock originals – recorded last year in their home cities of London and Madrid. The all acoustic offering shows two musicians totally at ease with their singing and playing and having a ball!

The material includes gems from the songbooks of giants such as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, and no less than three Robert Johnson tunes – and beauties they are; “Last Fair Deal”, “Walkin’ Blues” and “Judgement Day” – all highlighting Julian Burdock’s fine vocals and lovely guitar work, with some particularly impressive slide playing.

“Double Dare” starts with a fine opening duo of two more ‘chestnuts’ in “If I Ain’t Got You” and “Can’t Be Satisfied”, which lead to a gorgeous short blast of Blind Lemon Jefferson on “Church Bells Toll” . . . less than two glorious minutes with some sweet harmonica from Del Toro and more nice slide.

Burdock contributes his own “Back On My Feet” and “Girl Don’t Care”, and both fit in a treat with the illustrious cover versions here – the latter a swinging, almost jazzy tune with fine performances from both musicians again, and more most appealing harmonica from Danny Del Toro.

A treat for fans of traditional acoustic blues and highly recommended! Danny Del Toro may be a new name to a lot of folk . . . check him out!


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