Richard  Ray  Farrell

"The blues will never die, because it's not a fad, it's a way of life."

Stuck On The Blues (By Rene Malines)

Let's stay with acoustic but change styles completely with the meeting of these two monsters of talent, American Richard Ray Farrell, guitar and vocal, and Italian Marco Pandolfi, harmonicas. If Farrell has already proven the width of his art on his previous albums reviewed here before (see Virus de Blues older issues), Pandolfi is no slouch either in a "I-swallowed-it-all-and-I'm-giving-it-back-with-class" style. The two men association seems as natural as can be and let's one think they met before they walked together into the studio. It's a perfect musical match we got here.

One can be amazed at Richard's guitar playing, as perfect in picking as it is on slide, but it shouldn't hide his singing quality. The man is indeed an excellent singer, in a natural, not faked style, even when a little raw on certain tracks. A vocal and guitar completed with subtlety the Italian's harmonicas, both their talents matching perfectly without any of them ever trying to over shadow his partner. This CD should please country blues lovers with a preference for a faithful to the idiom approach that still doesn't hide the players own personalities.

This album is recommended to them, just as much as Richard Ray Farrell previous work, be it solo or with Steve Guyger.


Rene Malines