UK — January-February 2003 — Issue # 12
“Snakeboy…You Got It!!” exclaims John Hammond Jr.
on the cover of the CD. Obviously with THAT recommendation we
do well to take notice. Snakeboy, complete with shaven head and
snake tattoos gazes menacingly from behind his National Steel on
the CD cover. We soon learn that he grew up in New Orleans and
is steeped in the Deep South Blues tradition. As a teenager he
played jazz, blues, dixieland, and gospel. Inspired after hearing
Duane Allman, he then moved on to Texas, and finally in 1999 to
Asheville, North Carolina. In 2000 he won the National Slide
Guitar Festival in Tennessee, and this is his first solo release.
All the tracks are unaccompanied, and feature just his GRITTY and GROWLING vocals, and/or SEARING SLIDE GUITAR:
they were recorded live in the studio.
Six songs are originals,….beautiful instrumentals, including “Spooky Lou”, and the aching “I Used To Kiss Her On The Lips, But It’s All Over Now”. Mixed between these are, just for example, wonderfully sparse versions of Son House’s “Preachin’ Blues”, Robert Johnson’s “Come On In My Kitchen”, and Big Joe Williams’ “Baby Please Don’t Go”.
THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST AUTHENIC GEMS IN THIS GENRE, AND I
RECOMMEND IT WHOLE HEARTEDLY!!!!