Richard  Ray  Farrell

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

Acoustic roots (By Rich Schneider)

51BwULowcyL. SL500 AA280 “Such superb artistry should be recognized and appreciated”. Richard Ray Farrell "Acoustic Roots" - Talented bluesman Richard Farrell is a native of Niagara Falls who lived for many years in Europe and has recently returned to the States.

Although he's performed with many electric bands, his heart has always been in the acoustic blues, which he shares with us here. A generous collection of 19 tracks is included, featuring a number of different styles, all authentically and at times brilliantly performed. There's plenty of nifty finger picking and slide work, as well, demonstrating his accomplished mastery. I particularly liked his versions of Leroy Carr's "Mean Mistreater", Blind Blake's "Rope Stretchin' Blues",Son House's "Jinx Blues", and Mississippi John Hurt's "Louis Collins".

Hopefully these dazzling performances will open a few doors for Richard in the tough acoustic solo market where appropiate venues are not easy to find. Such superb artistry should be recognized and appreciated.

Rich Schneider, Blues Beat Magazine.