I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Tryin’ To Get Home, from Andy Cohen and it’s a cool, rural blues release. Opening with Blind Boy Fuller’s Step It Up And Go, Andy Cohen wastes no time in showing that he’s a serious student of the blues and a solid vocalist. His finger picking work is strong and his vocal delivery perfect. Excellent opener. Cohen shows broad versatility sitting behind the piano on Louis Jay Meyers Memorial Stomp. This is a really nice piano blues and with great feel, and a strong composition by Cohen. Another Cohen original, Puffin’ That Stuff is one of my favorites on the release. A short finger picked guitar rag, this track will be a favorite in concert and on the disc. Very cool. Mississippi John Hurt’s Talkin’ Casey, is a classic blues story track with Cohen punctuating Casey’s story with acoustic slide. Very nice. Reverend Gary Rag is a great tune and a cool tribute to Davis by Cohen. With his fleet fingered runs and classic patterns, this track is tight. RG Davis’s trademark track, Death Don’t Have No Mercy, is always a favorite and Cohen’s handling of it is strong. Blind Blake’s West Coast Blues is another finger twister and Cohen works it over nicely with articulate string runs and vocal engagement. Excellent! Wrapping the release is another Cohen original, Planxty: Miss Joanna Swan a nicely paced blues rag with an imbed melody over the picked rhythm. I real nice closer for an excellent acoustic blues release in the vein on Blake or Davis.
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