Geoff Bartley

Hear That Wind Howl

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Despite the song list presented here, Bartley is no mere Robert Johnson wannabe. Instead of coarsening his voice and trying to sound like an old Delta bluesman, he presents these songs in a straightforward manner that comes from an intimate knowledge of the source materials, but as transmuted through his own experience. This is coffeehouse music of the highest order; the originals fit in nicely with the old standards (a number of Robert Johnson classics alongside warhorses like "Sitting on Top of the World"), and his playing is effortlessly swinging. Bartley did his own liner notes for this, and they illustrate his deep understanding of the music as well. A modern-day folk-blues album that really has something to contribute.

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