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- Sugarcane Collins -
- Way Down The River (2006) -
While Sugarcane Collins is not a well-known blues name in the US, the release of this album might change that. Hailing from Cairns, Queensland, Australia, this guitarist’s throaty, deep voice is more suited to a pub somewhere in the Mississippi river delta.
In Way Down the River, Sugarcane recreates the world of the old south, with its prisons, bars, freight trains, and the roads that lead to nowhere. The imagery is made more lifelike by the honest intensity and passion in Sugarcane’s voice. The lyrics do not mince words, and give a vivid picture of the harsh reality that was the delta. His hard, driving guitar playing contributes to this intensity with complex fingerpicking and wine bottleneck slides.
In this album of completely original compositions, he shows a solid connection to his music and to the blues on the whole. He lists inspirations such as Charlie Patton, Son House, Robert Johnson, Blind Blake and Leadbelly, all of whom can be heard to have an influence on his playing. Not only is the musicianship on this recording exceptional, but the whole album was produced and arranged by Sugarcane himself.
1. Like A Midnight Shower Of Rain - 0:54
2. Got A Mind To Ramble - 4:29
3. One Wing Frank - 5:09
4. Folks of the Road - 5:57
5. Leadbelly - 4:59
6. All The Way To St. Louis - 2:04
7. I've Heard The News - 4:45
8. Follow Me Boy - 4:17
9. Sallie Mae - 4:44
10. Shine The Light - 4:27
11. Dancing Rabbit Creek - 3:27
12. Stranger Here - 4:48
13. Way Down The River - 6:17
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