Terry Evans
Mississippi Magic
AudioQuest Music AQ 1057

Terry Evans, vocals and acoustic guitar; Jesse Samsel, guitar; Jeff Alviani, piano, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer electric piano; Kenny Dew, bass; Phil Bloch, drums; Ray Williams, vocals; Willie Green, Jr., vocals; Jorge Calderon, acoustic guitar; John "Juke" Logan, harmonica; David Woodford, tenor and baritone sax; Brian Zsupnik, percussion.

This new effort from Terry Evans, former Ry Cooder sideman, showcases his eclectic vocal style. The first cut, "Big Bad Daddy Good" has lyrical references to Mississippi magic with a danceable beat. "Where The Southern Crosses The Dog" has a good harmonica accompaniment and Evans' soulfully expressive vocals"I'd Rather Trick My Own Self" is a slow blues number with Evans baring his soul. The tune, "Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You," is done in a gospel mode. Downhome blues is represented on the tune "Blues and Wine" and features a bit of scatting by Evans. The gospel-styled "I Want To Love You" has a catchy beat with accompanying organ and baritone sax. "Mellow Down Easy" highlights Evansí baritone gruffy vocals in a straight blues offering. The outstanding cut is "Where We Gonna Go" and Evans' vocals soar and swirl around the lyrics with good slide guitar support.

This CD is rooted in Mississippi delta blues and is representative of the best blues the South has to offer.

Terry Evans has a soulful and bluesy style that is perfectly blended with gospel and this CD is sure to be a winner for him.

By Dorothy Hill

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