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John Hammond - Timeless (2014)

15-03-2014, 05:21
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John Hammond - Timeless (2014)

Artist: John Hammond
Title Of Album: Timeless
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Palmetto Records
Genre: Modern Acoustic Folk Blues
Total Time: 54:37 min
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 131 mb / 347 mb

With a career that spans over three decades, John Hammond is one of handful of blues musicians who was on the scene at the beginning of the first blues renaissance of the mid-'60s. Some critics have described Hammond as a white Robert Johnson, and Hammond does justice to classic blues by combining powerful guitar and harmonica playing with expressive vocals and a dignified stage presence. Although he's a multi-dimensional artist, one thing Hammond has never professed to be is a songwriter. In the early years of his career, it was more important to him that he bring the art form to a wider audience by performing classic -- in some cases forgotten -- songs. Now, more than 30 years later, Hammond continues to do this, touring all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe from his base in northern New Jersey.

Review by Steve Leggett
John Hammond, Jr., whose fascination with country blues has informed his whole 50-year performing career, has always had a style that made him sound like a lifetime New Yorker imitating a rustic Southern blues singer (rather than actually being a rustic Southern blues singer), but while that style hasn't changed one bit, the times have, and Hammond is now just about the last surviving link to that tradition, a man whose imitative and reverential approach to the country blues now makes him more like a living, breathing history lesson than a just an overly fervent facsimile. Again, although Hammond has been a gritty and dynamic acoustic guitarist since the start, and has also become adept at filling out his sound with blasts on his rack harmonica, what puts him over is his powerful and passionate delivery, and the fact that there is hardly anywhere else to hear this sort of thing anymore. This live set, which was recorded at Chan's in Woonsocket, Rhode Island (a venue Hammond has played several times before) on May 4, 2013, features Hammond at his best, working solo with just a guitar, slide, and harmonica. He blasts his way through a pair of Tom Waits songs, the opening "No One Can Forgive Me But My Baby" and a version of "Jockey Full of Bourbon," turns in a spirited performance of Bobby Bland's "Further on Up the Road," pulls out the slide for a gutsy run-through of Elmore James' "The Sky Is Crying," and does what he's always done to country blues classics like Sleepy John Estes' "Drop Down Mama." There's also a Hammond original here, "Heartache Blues," although preserving the country blues as a performing art form is more up Hammond's alley than creating new blues compositions, and thankfully that is still his focus, even after some 50 years. The country blues got a hold of Hammond a long time ago and never let go, and Hammond never let go, either. There are a lot worse fates.


1. Noone Can Forgive Me But My Baby
2. Heartache Blues
3. Going Away Baby
4. Further on Up the Road
5. Looking for Trouble
6. Tell Me Mama
7. Last Night
8. That Nasty Swing
9. Drop Down Mama
10. Hard Times
11. Jockey Full of Bourbon
12. Tell Me
13. Junco Partner
14. The Sky Is Crying
15. No Money Down



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