Various Artists

Straight Blues 4U

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Independent label Black & Tan, based in the Netherlands, has quickly established a reputation for delivering straight-ahead modern blues with no tricks and no trends attached. This sampler collects tracks from several of the artists on the Black & Tan roster, and while there are no huge names here, the music is consistently solid and gritty. Among the highlights are the amazing slide guitar atmospherics of Doug MacLeod on "Plowin' Mule" and "East Texas Sugar," the Sunset Travelers' cover of the Band's "Get Up Jake," the sax-driven, romping R&B of Percy Strother on "Take My Love," and the just-the-facts, no-frills blues approach of Boo Boo Davis on "Can Man" and "We're in Hell."

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