Albert Bashor: Cotton Field of Dreams

Oftentimes, humorous songwriters are dismissed for a “lack of musical quality.” However, many would argue that the purest form of entertainment is making an audience laugh. Blues guitarist/singer/songwriter Albert Bashor does just that, while not sacrificing any musical quality with his debut album Cotton Field of Dreams.

The album starts off with a funky, New Orleans inspired tune in “Juckin’ Down on Johnson Street.” The song shifts from a New Orleans Second Line groove to a shuffle groove and back again and features a nice guitar solo by Bashor. “Rockin’ Red Rooster,” “Poodle Ribs” (which is accompanied by a separate, monologue track detailing the story behind the song), “Tater Diggin’ Woman,” and “Seeing Eye Dog Blues” are all great examples of Bashor successfully incorporating humor into his tunes. While the lyrics are guaranteed to make you laugh, the band is guaranteed to impress. Saxophonist Ron Holloway hits every single solo out of the park, Bashor’s acoustic guitar is beyond words, and the rest of the band never disappoints. Bashor has combined elements of blues, jazz, rock, folk and pop into an entertaining, eclectic, all killer, no filler album.

There is very little to dislike about the album. Humorous lyrics, serious music, classic blues and great solos make this a thoroughly enjoyable listen. That being said, there is little variation from the 12 bar form and the mix occasionally sounds harsh. Additionally, on some tracks, most notably “One Last Time,” there is too much reverb, particularly on the vocals.

Ultimately, it’s best to let this album do the talking. It’s not ground-breaking or earth-shattering, but the music is good, the lyrics are funny and good times are guaranteed.

The Review: 8/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Jukin’ Down on Johnson Street
– So Blue
– Seeing Eye Dog Blues
– High On Your Love

The Big Hit

– High On Your Love

Review by Nik Rodewald

Pete Francis

Pete Francis is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blues Rock Review. Pete launched Blues Rock Review full-time in 2011 because he felt there was a major void in how the blues rock genre was covered. Pete is the host of Blues Rock Weekly and a co-host on the Blues Rock Show.

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