Jimmy Bowskill and Carlos Del Junco: Blues Etc… Review

Jimmy Bowskill and Carlos Del Junco offer a real insight into authentic country blues sounds with this acoustic guitar and harp selection, comprising 10 tracks split equally between originals and covers. They share the vocal duties, too, and in their different ways both complement their musicianship splendidly, Bowskill with the higher pitched, more urgent voice, while Del Junco’s singing is rich and resonant.

Blues Etc . . . doesn’t hit its stride right away. Opener “Beale St Toodle-Oo” is a tad whimsical, but “Roll Away The Stone” captures a spiritual vibe nicely, with Del Junco’s vocal supported by some dreamy guitar picking from Bowskill. “Heaven’s Where You’ll Dwell” is the real deal though, Bowskill cranking up some electricity on guitar, and underpinning a serious harp wig-out from Del Junco with some funky, choppy playing. Contrastingly, “If I Called Your Name” is a country-tinged original from Bowskill, with a lovely melody delivered over some halting guitar work.

The second half of the album tends more towards covers, including the slow blues of Muddy Waters’ “Can’t Lose.” There are also excellent live versions of both John Lee Hooker’s “Hug You,” featuring a hollering vocal from Bowskill over urgent guitar riffing, and Otis Spann’s “The Blues Don’t Like Nobody,” a chugging boogie on guitar with a gutsy harmonica solo from Del Junco to round off proceedings. Bowskill’s guitar and Del Junco’s harp dovetail perfectly throughout, and they deliver country blues with conviction and polish. They may be a bit slow out of the blocks on Blues Etc . . . , but by the end they’re well and truly on a roll.

The Review: 7.5/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Heaven’s Where You’ll Dwell
– If I Called Your Name
– Can’t Lose
– Hug You
– The Blues Don’t Like Nobody

The Big Hit

– Hug You

Review by Iain Cameron

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