Various Artists

Bama Bound: Alabama Blues Connection

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The first two-thirds of Bama Bound: Alabama Blues Connection is made up of raw and gritty country blues. Artists like Jaybird Coleman and Clifford Gibson, whose four songs featuring his keening voice and solid sense of melody, sing accompanied only by a lone guitar and maybe a harmonica. A particular highlight here is Bullet Williams' keening "Touch Me Light Mama; the moment when Williams and the harmonica player both lose their minds and go off into strange yodeling harmonics is worth the price of admission. Also making the CD worthwhile are the five tracks by the very cool Cow Cow Davenport that make up the remainder of the disc. Davenport is more citified and features light and breezy piano playing. His winking vocal style and comic timing make songs like "Alabama Mistreater" and "We Gonna Rub It" a delightful listening experience. If you buy this CD, the very next thing you'll want to do is track down more Cow Cow Davenport.

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