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Hungry Ghosts by Doug Cox and Sam Hurrie

A hungry ghost’s cravings can never be satisfied and only the desire for truth can set one free from this existence. In much the same way that the Buddha enticed the hungry ghosts to seek truth, (by offering them a bowl full of gifts from the gods) Doug Cox and Sam Hurrie serve up a smorgasbord of musical truths on this recording. Blues and roots fans will surely never be able to get enough of the amazing assortment of guitars here.

The opening track is a cover of Duane Allman’s "Little Martha" - a beautiful job. The guitars are absolutely celestial. They also do an interestingly eerie version of the Son House song, "Grinning in Your Face" with haunting vocals by Ruthie Foster and Cyd Cassone. Their cover of the Mick Jagger/Keith Richards song "No Expectations" is just an easy flowing ramble that’s a sure hook, and the last track on this disc, "Red Haired Raga" is so compelling, it’s almost otherworldly. Please guys, more like this one! After a long day, it perfectly sets an evening by the fireside with favorite sipping beverage (red, red wine) and a meditative mood. Namaste!

All in all, this CD is a good choice if you appreciate dobo, slide guitar, roots and blues and can get beyond the standard blues and folk-appeal that sneaks in here and there. "Naptime for Sam" is completely silly, but does have that certain catchiness that finds you singing it over and over again. This hungry ghost’s appetite has definitely been whetted.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Doug Cox and Sam Hurrie
  • CD Title: Hungry Ghosts
  • Genre: Blues
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: NorthernBlues Music
  • Tracks: Little Martha, Cool Drink of Water, Beware of the Man (Who Calls You Bro), Grinning in Your Face, Carry Me Away, No Expectations, Nap Time For Sam, Fear, Kansas City, Valse Frontenac, Bad News, Canned Heat Blues, Red Haired Raga
  • Rating: Three Stars
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