Friday, August 2, 2013

Bloodshot Bill “So Blue”

(Transistor 66) Quite simply Bloodshot Bill is one of the most spectacular live performers on earth, and it would be futile to try to describe in words why. It also would be futile to try to capture that in a studio, so beautifully he goes in another direction, and instead of bottling his fury and ridiculous energy and audience/performer sex he instead considers what made those slick Nashville and L.A. rockabilly-adjacent records so great. Which isn’t to say this is a slick record, just that it emulates a Speedy West high-end recording, then makes it raw, instead of trying to copy a vintage hasil Adkins side. With his lusty froglike voice and guitar tone to match BB is just the man to make some special sounds in the studio, and on his best record yet he’s all kinds of defintion of special!

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