Bull Durham Blues

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Piedmont bluesman John Dee Holeman mixes a little Texas into his North Carolina guitar approach, even covering Lightnin' Hopkins' "Give Me Back My Wig" as the first track of Bull Durham Blues, his debut album. Holeman isn't as irascible as Hopkins, with a gentle vocal approach that's closer to Mississippi John Hurt in demeanor, and his guitar playing isn't as distinctive as either Hopkins or Hurt, but he gets the job done with a good deal of charm. On songs like the easy, relaxed "Crow Jane" a wonderful example of how to use the floating verses that are in every good bluesman's tool kit, the gentle "Little Country Gal," and the slightly paranoid "Stranger Blues," Holeman ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Piedmont bluesman John Dee Holeman mixes a little Texas into his North Carolina guitar approach, even covering Lightnin' Hopkins' "Give Me Back My Wig" as the first track of Bull Durham Blues, his debut album. Holeman isn't as irascible as Hopkins, with a gentle vocal approach that's closer to Mississippi John Hurt in demeanor, and his guitar playing isn't as distinctive as either Hopkins or Hurt, but he gets the job done with a good deal of charm. On songs like the easy, relaxed "Crow Jane" a wonderful example of how to use the floating verses that are in every good bluesman's tool kit, the gentle "Little Country Gal," and the slightly paranoid "Stranger Blues," Holeman conjures up a timeless, back porch feel without getting too generic about it. The half-spoken, half-rapped "Hambone" is a clear highlight, with Holeman doing the hambone with a buckdancer's grace. Recorded in 1998 in Pinnacle, N.C., Bull Durham features Taj Mahal on several tracks helping out on bass, guitar, piano and the hambone, too.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/1999
  • Label: Music Maker
  • UPC: 672009100427
  • Catalog Number: 91004

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Dee Holeman Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Hambone
John Dee & Fris Indexed Contributor
Taj Mahal Bass, Guitar, Piano, Hambone
Technical Credits
Taj Mahal Creative Consultant
Bob Dylan Composer
Elmore James Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Clarence Lewis Composer
Joe McGrath Engineer
John Porter Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
Bob Robinson Composer
Sonny Terry Composer
Donna Ranieri Artwork
Axel Kuestner Back Cover
Kurt Lundvall Mastering
Timothy Duffy Producer
John Dee Holeman Arranger
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