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Eddie Turner has been playing the blues since the 70’s, including stints with Tracy Nelson, Mother Earth, the 4-nikators, and, most memorably, with the Otis Taylor Band.  Since 2005, he has released a pair of memorable and well-received albums for NorthernBlues Music.  His third, and latest, release for the label, the much-anticipated Miracles & Demons, continues his hot streak.

The disc is split up into “Side One” and “Side Two.”  Side One highlight tracks include “Booty Bumpin’,” the opening cut, which is a funky shuffle that gets things off to a fine start.  The slow blues, “I’m A Good Man,” is next, with Turner making his case backed by his sharp guitar fills and sparse instrumentation.  “Say” mixes funk, psychedelic, and some raw slide guitar, and the swampy blues of “Ride A Painted Pony” sounds like an imaginary Jimi Hendrix session for Excello Records.  The title cut (Part One) ends the first half of the disc with what can best be described as psychedelic Hill Country groove. 

Side Two (resist the urge to take the disc out of your stereo and flip it over) kicks off with “I Remember,” a mournful R&B track with a soaring guitar break from Turner.  “Blues Fall Down Like Rain” is another highlight, with its insistent groove, and “Monkey See, Monkey Do” is a silly song that Turner plays up to the hilt with an exaggerated vocal and swagger.  “Mr. Blues” is a menacing slow track, with Turner’s guitar starting out acoustic and turning into furious, unbridled electric rage at the end of each verse.  Part Two of the title track wraps things up, much longer and more intense on the second run with some hair-raising guitar that reatens to blow out your speakers.

It’s been over four years since Turner’s last release, so Miracles & Demons is a welcome sight to his ever-growing fan base.  It should also draw a lot of new listeners as well with its eclectic mix of blues, rock, psychedelia, and funky R&B.  Eddie Turner waited a while to get started on the solo track, but the results, so far, have been rewarding.

Graham Clarke

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