Paul Geremia

Self Portrait in Blues

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This collection of vintage style blues is quite enjoyable. Paul Geremia, who is heard on guitar, piano, harmonica, and vocals, is joined by veteran violinist Howard Armstrong and bassist Roxy McLeod on some selections; seven of the 14 performances are unaccompanied. In addition to seven Geremia originals, there are tunes by Skip James, Leroy Carr, Charlie Patton ("Shake It and Break It"), Jesse Fuller, Leadbelly, and Blind Willie McTell ("Drive Away Blues"). Geremia's easy-to-take delivery, heartfelt sincerity, and understanding of 1930s country blues make this a CD well worth searching for.

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