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Young Vin Mott plays a mean blues harp and sings with a warm and enthusiastic voice on this album, his follow-up to his 2017 debut set, “Quit The Women For The Blues”. He has some good material too, and, with an insight rare in the blues these days, he writes in the CD booklet that “what makes this music great and gives it charm is its flaws and lack of heavy production”. So it is that this set comes across as an authentic and convincing blues release, with Vin wailing away and the little trio accompanying him raw and right on the nail. Guitarist Dean Shot provides some fine Elmore James styled slide playing on the title track and is spot-on elsewhere. Vin pays tribute here to the likes of Little Walter, Big Walter Horton and others with a rollicking blues sound rooted in the 50s, but he adds his own take: try the opening ‘Car Troubles Made Me A Good Blues Singer’, which certainly sounds like it is autobiographical! There is a change of approach with the Louisiana swamp-pop styled ballad of ‘Fire To Your Flame’, and this fine set closes out with the harmonica instrumental ‘Greaser’, based on Link Wray’s classic ‘Rumble’ – unusual, but effective.
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