This CD is placed in the blues category for only one reason; the media kit states File Under Blues
. The music of master guitarist Amos Garrett has always defied classification. From his early work with Geoff and Maria Muldaur to Anne Murray and a half dozen years with Paul Butterfield’s classic band Better Days
, Garrett played whatever the occasion demanded and he played it better than most. With more than 200 studio sessions under his belt, he has become the definitive studio guitarist.
Born in Detroit, Garrett moved to Canada as a youngster with his family. After 40 years in the music business and much of the studio work behind him, the guitarist lives quietly in rural Alberta. He continues to tour and just returned from performances in France, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland in time for the Edmonton Folk Festival
. Amos Garrett has led the house band at the esteemed festival for twenty years. This is his first acoustic album and Garrett’s laid back style comes to the forefront. Since coming to international prominence with the beautiful guitar solo on Maria Muldaur’s Midnight At the Oasis
in 1973, Garrett became famous for performances that are both relaxed and classy. In fact, the guy is so relaxed that fans who purchase a CD from his website receive a fishing fly, hand-tied by Amos.
If a musician of Garrett’s high standing decides to record an acoustic album in Canada, it’s almost an obligation to hire Ken and Chris Whiteley for the session. The Whiteley brothers have more acoustic blues and good time music
experience than anyone in the country. From their Original Sloth Band
in the 70s to their recent Old Friends
albums with Mose Scarlett and Jackie Washington, the brothers offer a timeless quality and sincerity in their music. The addition of David Wilkie on mandolin is another asset to this album. When these folks jam together, nothing is sacred. From Hoagy Carmichael’s classic Small Fry
and Hong Kong Blues
to Garrett’s own Bailey Hill Requiem
the session is pure pleasure.
If you’re a traditional guitar fan, you’ll enjoy the record. If you like Leon Redbone, you’ll LOVE this CD. Redbone and Garrett have much in common and one of those things is the pure joy and satisfaction that comes with a great session.