Blues

Devil Boy in Telluride

There’s been a brief hiatus here on IckMusic thanks to a long overdue vacation. The fam and I headed up to Telluride, Colorado to visit the folks and check out the 12th annual Blues & Brews Festival – 3 days of fun in the sun featuring good music and some fine brews. As you can gather from the pics, Telluride is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

Highlights for me musically: Henry Butler and his Game Band’s great version of Professor Longhair’s “Go to the Mardi Gras”; Chris Thomas King; Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers version of “Jambalaya” / “Iko Iko”; the Black Crowes; the Subdudes; and the biggest surprise for me: Eddie Turner’s set [now available on his web site].

Eddie – aka Devil Boy – is a killer guitarist from Colorado. The man can flat out play. He brings a wild psychedelic funkiness to his guitar playing; definitely someone whose studio work doesn’t do him justice. I was blown away, and headed over to the ol’ merchandise tent to buy his CD, ‘Rise’ [Buy].

So here’s an in-studio version of Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s “Gangster of Love”, live from Denver’s KUVO.

Eddie Turner: Gangster of Love (mp3)

Update: Eddie sent me an email, and lo and behold, his set from the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival has been graciously added to Eddie’s Official web site! As he says on his site: “download these tracks, listen to them, share them, give them away to your friends!”

Self Portrait:

4 Comments

  • Anonymous

    And that’s Steve Miller version of Gangster which don’t sound nothin like Johnny Guitar Watson – which IS Blues…

  • Pete

    Apples, oranges… we all have our O-pinions. I don’t think Eddie’s intent is to mimic Watson’s (or Miller’s). It’s his own spin on the tune. Whether or not it qualifies as “blues”, well – that’s in the eye (or ear) of the beholder.

    I’ve heard that argument about Eddie Turner’s music, whether or not it’s Blues with a capital B. The old school traditionalists seem not to think so. But for those that don’t care to pigeonhole or throw every tune or artist into a category (like me), it sounds just fine.

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