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FIONA BOYES

BLUES FOR A HARD WORLD

2011-10-25

Fiona Boyes strips things bare for her third American release, which features 16 tracks of traditional Delta Blues, Country Blues and even her trademark Barrelhouse on tracks like "Guys Be Wise". This CD really showcases Fiona's skills on both the acoustic and resonator guitars where her finger picking skills are unmatched by most of today's blues performers. The songs on this disc are all stories which Fiona calls "classic themes of church house versus barrelhouse, drinking redemption, lust and fun." Fiona really explores the virtues of god and religion on tracks such as God and The Devil", "The Preacher" and "Jesus Took Possession". "Baptized in Muddy's Sweat" may be a musical religious moment about a friend pressed against the stage during a Muddy Waters concert and felling the legendary performers sweat. The tracks "Drink To Your Health" and "Guys Be Wise" are upbeat tracks and showcase some of the humor captured on her first Lucky 13 disc. Fiona's voice has never sounded better and this CD is a testament to a blues woman that is both on top of her game and the blues world. Reviewed By: Gregg Saur

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