THE TURNER DIARIES
NORTHERN BLUES CD NBM 0036
DANGEROUS--SO MANY ROADS--COST OF FREEDOM--I'M A MAN, I'M
A MAN--SAVE MY LIFE--CONFESSIONS--NEW DAY--SHAKE 4 ME--POMADE--JODY--THE
TURNER DIARIES--I'M TORE DOWN
Eddie Turner's first CD, "Rise," also
on Northern Blues, brought him a Blues Award nomination for
Best New Artist of 2005. With his latest, "The Turner Diaries," Eddie
appears on the threshold of blues stardom.
has the chops, killer vocals, and great writing ability.
And, many have paid him the ultimate compliment by comparing
him to Jimi Hendrix. We'd like to say that these comparisons
are indeed well-deserved, but this CD is strong enough to
stand on its own merits.
got his start with Mother Earth before moving to Colorado
and joining up with Otis Taylor and bassist Kenny Pasarelli,
and can be heard on some of Otis' prior CD's. It is during
this time that his creative juices began to flow, leading
to his own solo releases.
in Cuba and raised in Chicago, he fused the polyrhythms of
his native land with the workingman's blues he picked up
in Chicago. Adding to that was Otis Taylor's penchant to
allow his musicians to play what they felt, which gave Eddie
the chance to experiment with free-form guitar lines, while
remaining true to blues form.
Check out the leadoff "Dangerous," full
of swagger and braggadocio and fueled by some downright funky
guitar. A fine duet presentation of Freddie King's "I'm Tore
Down" features some cool dobro work, giving a fresh "kick" to
this chestnut. This dobro shows up again in "I'm A Man,I'm
A Man," a brooding tale of spirits, mojos, and "two trains
Hands down, tho, our favorite was
the topical "Cost Of Freedom. Ok, this one will bring to mind
Hendrix, what with its red-hot guitar, but the lyrics are strong
here as well, with its call to politicians to determine "just
how much we are willing to pay."
The Northern Blues label is known
for bringing cutting-edge artists to the fore, who may not
adhere to playing straight-ahead blues. If you are looking
for "three chords and a cloud of dust," then Eddie Turner may
not be your cup of tea. But, if you want something with a little "edge" from
a killer guitarist and performer, take a chance on one of the
bright young stars in the blues constellation.
do yourself a favor and go to www.eddiedevilboy.com.
There, you can check out full versions of some of Eddie's live
performances, available as free downloads. By all means...ENJOY!!
next time....Sheryl and Don Crow.
From Music City Blues