Big Daddy Wilson: Love is the Key (Ruf/Yellow Eye)

 |   |  <1 min read

Big Daddy Wilson: Ain't No Slave
Big Daddy Wilson: Love is the Key (Ruf/Yellow Eye)

Singer Wilson from North Carolina is yet another of those US blues (and jazz) artists who found a more sympathetic and profitable environment in Europe and these days operates out of Germany playing festivals and clubs across the Continent.

Ironically -- because he grew up in the church, listened to country music at home and joined the army at 16 when he was shipped off to European military bases -- it was while in Germany that he first encountered the blues.

His take on the music mixes in a large measure of country-blues, a touch of reggae (Keep Your Faith in Jah is here, and there's a reggae lilt to Dreaming) and although he can clearly rock it up this one errs towards to more subtle and quietly persuasive moods. More Otis Redding in places too, especially on the aching Waiting on You right at the end, the real pay-off here.

Guest here is Eric Bibb (another who came late to the blues and has a strong country-blues influence), and the backing band are mostly young German musicians.

But Wilson writes strong, memorable and emotional songs which he delivers with conviction, and that keeps him firmly -- and correctly - in the centre of the frame.

A good one. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Blues articles index

R.L. BURNSIDE CONSIDERED: Blues from before fame

R.L. BURNSIDE CONSIDERED: Blues from before fame

For many decades before his career was given a high-profile resurrection by the Fat Possum label in Nineties (and he toured with the likes of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion), R.L. Burnside was... > Read more

JOHN MAYALL IN THE SIXTIES: And Another Man Done Gone . . .

JOHN MAYALL IN THE SIXTIES: And Another Man Done Gone . . .

When veteran British bluesman John Mayall played the Civic in Auckland in 2010, the concert was both disappointing and crowd-pleasing. Disappointing because, although professionally executed, it... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE BARGAIN BUY: Keith Richards; Crosseyed Heart

THE BARGAIN BUY: Keith Richards; Crosseyed Heart

Here's a question for you to ponder this week. Should this long overdue Keith Richards solo album make it into the Best of Elsewhere list which will appear shortly? We had our say about it in... > Read more

NO DIRECTION HOME a film about Bob Dylan by MARTIN SCORSESE (2005)

NO DIRECTION HOME a film about Bob Dylan by MARTIN SCORSESE (2005)

Against expectation, 2005 was a rare year for 64-year old Bob Dylan, especially since he hadn’t had an album of new material out in four years. Yet Dylan seemed to be everywhere in... > Read more