Mitch Mann: Blackwater Creek

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Submitted by Iain Patience

This is simply an excellent album. Fourteen tracks of perfectly pitched, Muscle Shoals produced blues and Americana mixed to near perfection. From the opening 'Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad', an old standard on any Americana musician's set-list with strong blues credentials, through solid, distinct takes on classic blues numbers like "St Louis Blues' to 'Tom Clark' and beyond, this release is a true gem.

Mann is a highly respected singer-songwriter/guitarist in the Alabama area and with this album he has returned to his acoustic-guitar roots. The result is a genuinely top-quality bit of work that has more than enough interesting material to cater for most lovers of roots in a general sense and blues and Americana in the more particular. The blend is seamless and on the button at all times. Sax and Trumpet/horns feature on a few tracks - as might be expected from a Muscle Shoals recording - but never dominates, detracts or distracts from Mann's own picking and powerful vocals.

Overall Blackwater Creek is a great album, highly recommended and worth searching out.