Jubilee (Northern Blues Music)

Reviewed by Eric Steiner

Harry Manx is a very talented Canadian blues guitarist, British Columbia by way of a long-term musical apprenticeship in India learning the Mohan Veena, a stringed instrument that evokes Mumbai (Bombay) as well as Mississippi. On his third Northern Blues disc Harry Manx is joined by folk guitarist Kevin Breit. Together they've produced a disc that ranges from folk to blues to the Ganges and back again. The duo do justice to the work of Sleepy John Estes on "Diving Duck Blues" and together they create Indian-influenced blues on "Raga Gujari Todi." Jubilee is as good as, if not better than, his previous two Northern Blues releases, Dog My Cat and Wise and Otherwise. For fans of acoustic blues, Jubilee is a treasure trove as Harry and Kevin bring back Danny O'Keefe's "Goodtime Charlie's Got the Blues" and Jimi Hendrix' "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)." A fine acoustic record that's as varied and powerful as the music that inspired Harry Manx and Kevin Briet, from Indian ragas, traditional American blues, and folksongs that tell timeless stories.

Track List:

Diving Duck Blues * When Abbott Met Costello * Good Time's Charlie's Got The Blues * No Particular Place to Be (Itchy Knees and Elbows) * Take This Hammer * Curly Ray and His Brother * Funny Business * Raga Gujari Todi * Unmoved by Love * Taking It to The Streets * Weary and You Run * Tell Me About the Blues Highway Grampa * Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) * Lastly Tender

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