- 12 Jun 23
Blues delivered with passion and finesse.
If you long for blues played and sung with the right combination of passion and finesse, you’ve come to the right place. This is Monaghan-woman Grainne Duffy’s fifth album, and it captures the singer-songwriter-guitarist in sparkling form, with work that intertwines her brand of Delta blues with standard guitar-driven rock.
Opener ‘Well Well Well’ is a prime slice of raw blues-rock topped by Duffy’s passionate vocals, and ‘Dirt Woman Blues’ is a slow, smouldering performance tricked out with sinewy guitar lines. ‘Running Back To You’ is a slow, insistent plea to a lover for understanding, allowing Duffy to exercise her impressive vocal dexterity.
‘Hold On To You’ swells with a stateliness, courtesy of some nuanced organ-playing from Elijah Ford, and the loping rhythm of ‘What’s It Gonna Be’ takes the music to a different place. Most intriguing is the adventurous ‘Rise Above’, described as a Celtic tone poem, but with Middle Eastern/Indian tonalities that show how effortlessly Duffy can expand the blues genre.
Add Duffy’s impassioned vocals and you have a delicious gumbo stew, full of raw blues nourishment with added vitamins.
Listen: ‘Rise Above’
Out now via Blue Heart Records.
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