Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan

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One of the more original and underappreciated acoustic blues revivalist acts, Ball and Sultan have developed an engaging repertoire with an emphasis on "good-timey" folk-blues, including guitar-and-harp adaptations of songs from a wide range of blues, R&B, jazz, country, and Tin Pan Alley sources. The sixth album by this Santa Barbara-based duo features more originals than usual, plus covers of tunes by Brownie McGhee and Merle Travis -- two artists with whom guitarist Sultan has great affinity. Whether doing their own or others' songs, they prefer wry lyrics that offer tongue-in-cheek observations about money, women, luck, and such, making them the unplugged equivalent of Little Charlie & the Nightcats among today's blues acts. This is toe-tapping rather than foot-stomping blues, even on the handful of amplified cuts.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:58 Amazon
2 5:08 Amazon
3 3:35 Amazon
4 3:02 Amazon
5 3:42 Amazon
6 3:23 Amazon
7 3:07 Amazon
8 3:07 Amazon
9 3:20 Amazon
10 4:13 Amazon
11 2:51 Amazon
12 2:58 Amazon
13 3:36 Amazon
14 3:35
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