Nick Charles - Into the Blues

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Review by Ian Dearden

On a steaming hot Queensland day, there is nothing cooler than listening to Nick Charles on the stereo!!

On Into The Blues, the 7th solo album since 2000, Nick Charles delves deep into the blues canon that first moved him as youngster.

With songs and tunes from the likes of Big Bill Broonzy, Mississippi John Hurt, Tampa Red and Otis Rush, mixed in with a slew of original blues and ragtime-influenced songs and tunes, this is a CD that slides down as easily as the proverbial cold tinnie on a hot, hot day!!

Nick Charles hails from the sweet and instrumentally gifted end of the blues spectrum.

He’s not a gut wrenching, string breaking hollerer, but rather, with his relaxed, mellow, laid back vocal style, and exquisite fingerpicking chops on both 6 & 12 strings, he’s the cool guy that grabs you from the first notes, with sheer class!

This album is neatly balanced between songs and tunes, with a full band line up (bass, drums, piano & harmonica) providing tasteful and sympathetic backing on half the tracks.

The original instrumentals, in particular Tilder’s Blues, Light At The End Of The Road, Molly’s Rag, demonstrate Nick’s easy mastery of finger style guitar playing, on both 6 and 12 string guitars, as well some delightful mandolin lines.

He’s also a dab hand with a slide on the Dobro, with a stunning reading of the Tampa Red instrumental, Denver Blues Variations.

The inspiration for the album was to put down on record some of the songs and tunes that have become live favourites over the years.

In that respect, this has paid off in spades – this is a superb, sweet, inspiring album from a master at the top of his game.

If you have even the vaguest interest in blues, ragtime and acoustic roots music, this is an album for you.

It is superb.

The artwork, liner notes and presentation are also first class, and as always, you can find this, and other Nick Charles albums, for sale on the Trad and Now website, www.tradandnow. com.

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 29 October, 2012.

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