New Legacy Duo

Piedmont Blues

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Deep down within the foothills of South Carolina, there is a revival going on. A Piedmont blues revival, and it is lead by Freddie Vanderford, a blues singing harp player who has, over the past 15 years, become a regional favorite as frontman for the Shades. Nowadays, Vanderford gives a tip of the hat to some of the original Piedmont blues men, like Pink Anderson and Rev. Gary Davis, by holding his own sort of "medicine shows," accompanied by the youthful Brandon Turner on acoustic guitar, and paying homage to the enduring legacy of Piedmont blues. On this, New Legacy Duo's debut disc, the music comes across as clear as a Carolina mountain stream and as tasty as a bowl of grits with some good ol' fried catfish.

The 14-song set kicks off with a Pink Anderson favorite, "She Can Cook Good Sallett," before laying down a plenary rendition of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues." The album literally moves with the blues, as the duo covers other Pink Anderson compositions like "Nobody Home but Me" and "Chickens," Willie Dixon's "Same Thing," Blind Lemon Jefferson's "One Kind Favor," and an excellent bag of traditional blues tunes, including "Anybody Seen My Gal," "Cigarette Blues," "Why You Treat Me Like That," and "Gin Done Done It," one of several tunes to feature Turner on lead vocals as well as acoustic or resonator guitar. Also filling in the gaps here and there is long time Shades drummer Todd Scarborough on washboard.

With Piedmont Blues, New Legacy Duo does an apt job of reiterating the importance of Carolina blues music and just how much fun can be had with a lone guitar player and a soulful harp player.