|On The Road To Memphis, Jim Potts
Recorded at Sun Studios, 2004
Jim has spent his career working overseas, involved in the cultural exchanges and media fields, in Africa, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Australia and Sweden. In Australia he had his own blues radio programme. He now lives in Greece, and writes on the blues, rockabilly and world music for the UK's Music Maker magazine (designed for independent musicians and songwriters).
His book of poetry and prose, "Corfu Blues" (Ars Interpres Publishers, Stockholm and New York) is published March 2006. In Sweden he was a friend of Phil Trigwell and loved the music of Wildfire Willie and Louise Hoffsten (rockabilly and blues respectively). Jim has produced short films and television programmes in the course of his career, in addition to books and CDs.
Vocals & electric guitar and an occasional harmonica, all played by Jim himself, summs it all up on this platter. Even though Jim also included Carl Perkins' "Movie Magg", this is mainly a blues album. So this is actually music to listen to at home, late at night with a bottle of whiskey, it's definitely not dance floor music. Jim includes tracks from his favorite legends such as Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Junior Parker, Arthur Crudup, Rosco Gordon and he plays them all "moanin' blues style". Not bad at all, but you'll have to take off your leathers and drapes.
Jim is currently finalizing his second CD, "Death Valley Blues" which includes versions of blues-based rockabilly classics like "Deep Elem Blues".
Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2006
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