“A powerful singer with an unaffected style”. Richard Ray Farrell "Acoustic Roots" - It's strictly traditional program is composed of prewar blues from Blind Blake, Son House, John Hurt, Blind Boy Fuller, Leadbelly, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and others, with a few postwar anomilies. A powerful singer with an unaffected style, Farrell plays fleet, precise guitar, simultaneously blowing harp. His potent take on Bukka White's "Shake 'Em On Down" and slide-driven version of Memphis Slim's "Sassie Mae," along with good-time readings of Bo Carter songs, show he's equally adept at Piedmont and Delta styles. Acoustic Roots (Blue Beet 100002) is a winner.
Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue.