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REVIEW -- “BLUES INSTRUMENTALS” By John Francis Carroll
It’s market time, Saturday morning. I park my shopping trolley and grab my much needed first coffee. In the lane sits an unassuming guy in a pork pie hat playing an acoustic guitar. Man, that is “Albatross” he is playing and he is nailing it. Another time, it is “Needle And The Damage Done” and yet again Midnight Oil’s classic “Wedding Cake Island”.
I finally shell out for a copy of “Blues Instrumentals”, John’s latest album. It reveals the same diversity of music that I hear in that market lane. Despite the title, there is a range of soul, C & W and traditional folk songs. There is a strict tempo version of the traditional folk song, “In The Pines”, followed by a gentle rendering of the jarring Barrett Strong Motown classic, “Money”. Other tracks well outside the blues genre include a beautifully slow “Heartbreak Hotel” and a clever guitar interpretation of the Booker T classic, “Green Onions”
There is also a variety of blues for the fan. John pays homage to the blues classics with John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom” and Willy Dixon’s “My Babe” and “ I Just Want To Make Love To You”. A couple of lesser known tunes in Mississippi John Hurt’s “Payday” Lil Son Jackson’s “West Dallas Blues“ add depth to the Blues range. On the last 3 tracks John switches to National Steel guitar to add a harder edge to his own tune, “Lil Hot Sauce”, a reprise of “In The Pines” and the classic encore, “Sweet Home Chicago”.
On this album, the melodies are the heroes, not the artist. They are played beautifully and without the tricks or pyrotechnics often found on guitar albums. In this case, less is definitely more. John has delivered a thoughtful and well paced collection of great songs.
A great complement to a morning coffee.
John Francis Carroll is a solo acoustic instrumental guitarist from Melbourne Australia. He composes wonderful melodic original compositions, aswell as traditional Irish/Celtic music and popular melodies from bands like The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and Creedence Clearwater Revival, plus much more.
He is a regular performer and busker around Melbourne, has released five albums of instrumental music with original album cover art designed and created by Australian artist Alana Di Giacomo
Here you can purchase albums, download individual songs and FREE extra's and check out the gig guide for upcoming performances.
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“John Francis Carroll has appeared at the Cygnet Folk Festival twice in recent years as well as generously donating his time to our first ever Melbourne launch at the Wesley Anne in 2013. John is a delightfully innovative and talented player with a generous approach to his music that is a pleasure to work with I would happily recommend John Francis Carroll to anyone wanting to hear those fluid notes dripping from his guitar!”