2020 – Highlander Records
By Phillip Smith; Jan. 2, 2020
Tales From the Psychedelta, the latest release from New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee Kerry Kearney is absolutely fabulous. It’s such a pleasure to hear a slide guitar master of his caliber beautifully playing original blues. Kearney’s music covers subjects which all have a distinct place in the Mississippi Delta, such as Memphis, trains, voodoo, the Mississippi River, and Jesus. The dozen songs on this album flow like the river itself from one song to another.
From the git-go Kearney rips it up with a high-energy Allman Brothers vibe on “Five Time Man”. Note after note of precision finger-picking bring this masterpiece to the forefront. The swampy delta slide guitar on “Mississippi River Stomp” is wonderful and lush. “Memphis High” is an experience in and of itself. With drummer Eileen Murphy throwing down an infectious beat, and Charlie Wolfe dropping his hot harp licks, Kearney gives a magnificent raw unbridled performance. Tony Campo on organ, creates a rich and ominous backdrop for the Santana-esque “Voodoo Down the River”. “Runnin’ Weepin’ Tremblin’” sounds so damn good too. It certainly satisfies my sweet tooth for riveting blues guitar.
For more information about the artist, visit this website : www.kerrykearneyoffical.com
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