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Rise (Northern Blues)
Reviewed by Eric Steiner

Eddie Turner's debut for Northern Blues, Rise, captures one of America's most talented blues guitarists, who has found a home on this Toronto-based blues label. Listen to how the title cut wafts ethereal on Anna Givens' background vocals with a hypnotic bass groove laid down by producer Kenny Passarelli. I first saw Eddie and Kenny when they were part of the Otis Taylor Band at Seattle's Bumbershoot music festival several years ago and was impressed with his command of the blues through somewhat psychedelic glasses. On Rise, Eddie takes a break from his flaming psychedelic guitar attack and plays some fine acoustic slide on the instrumental "The River." I'm glad that Eddie landed on Northern Blues after working with artists like GRAMMY-nominated Tracy Nelson, Zephyr, and Otis Taylor. I am confident that Jimi Hendrix would smile down on Eddie's interpretation of "The Wind Cries Mary." Another cover on Rise, Johnny "Guitar" Watson's "Gangster of Love" gets a forceful two minute-plus blast that gives Eddie a chance to churn out another welcome, high energy guitar solo. Eddie's collaboration with his former Zephyr bandmates Candy and David Givens, "Secret," is the song I return to most often, although there certainly are many high points throughout the set of a dozen songs on Rise.




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