Reservation Blues

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Though Eddy Clearwater performs in a colorful, Native American-inspired headdress to celebrate his Cherokee grandmother's heritage, it is his African-American blues roots that rule when he picks up his guitar and starts to sing. One of the young players on the West Side Chicago scene of the 1950s, Clearwater recalls a plethora of players from that era on his latest release: The dark and moody "Running Along" evokes Otis Rush, "I Wouldn't Lay My Guitar Down" is right out of the Chuck Berry school, and "Find Yourself" recalls Muddy Waters. But Clearwater doesn't just pay tribute, he elevates the roots into energized branches, ensuring their health by contemporizing the ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Though Eddy Clearwater performs in a colorful, Native American-inspired headdress to celebrate his Cherokee grandmother's heritage, it is his African-American blues roots that rule when he picks up his guitar and starts to sing. One of the young players on the West Side Chicago scene of the 1950s, Clearwater recalls a plethora of players from that era on his latest release: The dark and moody "Running Along" evokes Otis Rush, "I Wouldn't Lay My Guitar Down" is right out of the Chuck Berry school, and "Find Yourself" recalls Muddy Waters. But Clearwater doesn't just pay tribute, he elevates the roots into energized branches, ensuring their health by contemporizing the blues with his pen. Clearwater's "Walls of Hate" tears into racism with global imagery, while the title cut, with its T-Bone Walker-Texas feel, is a low-down poem that compares the blues man's lot to that of a Native American confined to a marginal life on the reservation. But the set is not all bleak, and the instrumental "Blues Cruise," which features Duke Robillard (who produced the CD and plays rhythm guitar throughout) trading solos with Clearwater, sails along like a lazy day on the Mississippi River. And on "Everything to Gain," Clearwater does what only an artist who has been kicking around clubs for 50 years could do, turns loss into a wide-open lane of opportunity on the blues highway.
All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Eddy Clearwater is equally talented as a bluish singer and as an improvising guitarist. On Reservation Blues, he ranges from Chicago blues to rock & roll, throwing in a couple instrumentals too. His repertoire includes both socially relevant lyrics and good-time music, featuring some of the latter when the former gets a bit too somber. Although there are some solid solos from his supporting players including three guitar spots for Duke Robillard, two fine solos from tenor saxophonist Dennis Taylor, and a guest appearance by Carey Bell on harmonica during "Find Yourself", Clearwater is the main star throughout. Fortunately, he is heard in prime form, whether happily jamming "I Wouldn't Lay My Guitar Down" and "Blues Cruise" or singing in a more serious mood on "Winds of Change" and "Everything to Gain." A gem.
Southwest Blues
A treasure of a recording made by a veteran blues artist who is not content to simply recycle the same tunes over and over. While Eddy Clearwater is a bluesman in the classic electric tradition, he continues to let his music evolve by mixing new ideas and songs, while not straying too far from the blues roots that he established on Chicago's West Side.

A treasure of a recording made by a veteran blues artist who is not content to simply recycle the same tunes over and over. While Eddy Clearwater is a bluesman in the classic electric tradition, he continues to let his music evolve by mixing new ideas and songs, while not straying too far from the blues roots that he established on Chicago's West Side.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2000
  • Label: Bullseye Blues
  • UPC: 011661963627
  • Catalog Number: 619636
  • Sales rank: 195,941

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Winds of Change - John Packer (4:54)
  2. 2 I Wouldn't Lay My Guitar Down - John Packer (4:26)
  3. 3 Find Yourself - John Packer (5:34)
  4. 4 Reservation Blues - John Packer (6:14)
  5. 5 Walls of Hate - John Packer (3:56)
  6. 6 Running Along - John Packer (7:40)
  7. 7 Blues Cruise - John Packer (6:01)
  8. 8 Susie-Q (2:56)
  9. 9 Easy Is My Style (3:53)
  10. 10 Everything to Gain - John Packer (5:03)
  11. 11 Sweet Little Rock & Roller (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddy Clearwater Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Duke Robillard Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Soloist
Carey Bell Harmonica
Doug James Baritone Saxophone
Matt McCabe Piano, Soloist
Dennis Taylor Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Jeff McAllister Percussion, Drums
John Packer Bass
Technical Credits
Eddy Clearwater Producer
Duke Robillard Producer
Dale Hawkins Composer
John Paul Gauthier Engineer
Stan Lewis Composer
Michael McCall Liner Notes
Tom Walsh Mastering
Eleanor Broadwater Composer
Elly Broadwater Composer
Eddy Harrington Composer
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