John Mooney

Dealing With the Devil

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Known for the passionate assault he commits upon his guitar when he plays, this disc is him playing acoustically by himself in a live setting, and he is every bit as alive and dynamic here as with a full band. Listen to his subtle playing and impeccable timing on "U Told Me," or the quiet control of "It Don't Mean a Doggone Thing." He never seems to put his slide down, and that is to his benefit, as his is some of the most inventive slide playing there is. Evidently he studied with and had as his mentor Sleepy John Estes. This edifies some of the playing and phrasing that at times has that slight familiar ring, but is a step or two removed from the master. This disc should not be missed.

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