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Villanelle by Paul Reddick

Bluesman Paul Reddick follows up his highly successful 2002 effort titled Rattlebag with even better session. Villanelle has a wonderful down-home feeling and it’s hard to put this disk away.

Ten songs result from a collaboration of Paul Reddick and Colin Linden and five are by Linden alone. The writing is superb and projects a modern mood reflecting pre-war Delta blues. Some tracks including Luck In Love have a homey country feel and will have crossover appeal.

Reddick and Linden are joined by some top rhythm players and former Full Tilt Boogie piano man Richard Bell. Janis Joplin fans have high regard for Bell’s work with the late pop idol.

It’s not often that a CD has more great tracks than mediocre efforts. This is one of them! My personal favorites include Dog Catcher, Blue Eventide, Six Was The Six and Luck In Love. The winter holidays are growing ever closer and this album would make a fine gift for the blues fan on your shopping list. He or she will thank you!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Paul Reddick
  • CD Title: Villanelle
  • Genre: Blues
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: NorthernBlues Music
  • Tracks: Winter Birds; Big Not Small; Villanelle; Luck In Love; Waves; So Long, Thank You, Goodbye; Round This Time Of Year; Five Silver Dollars; Six Was The Six; Hook’s In The Water; Blue Eventide; Stone Of Indigo; Burning Fuse; Dog Catcher; Some Afternoon Alone.
  • Musicians: Paul Reddick (vocals, harmonica); Colin Linden (guitars, basses, mandolin); Bryan Owings (drums on tracks 1,2,6,12,13); Gary Craig (drums/ percussion on tracks 4,8,9,10,11,12); Stephen Hodges (drums/percussion on tracks 3,8,14); John Dymond (bass on tracks 4,9,10); Larry Taylor (bass on tracks 3,14); Richard Bell (piano, organ on tracks 4,8,9,11); Kathleen Edwards (violin on track 3).
  • Rating: Five Stars
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