Righteousness and Humidity

Righteousness and Humidity

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by Martin Simpson
     
 

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Martin Simpson might have made his reputation as a folk guitarist, but blues has been a part of him since he was young, and he plays it -- as he plays everything -- with both incredible technique and driving passion. And while his roots might be far from the Mississippi Delta, his heart is right there. To be fair, he can't hold a candle to the masters as a singer, but

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Martin Simpson might have made his reputation as a folk guitarist, but blues has been a part of him since he was young, and he plays it -- as he plays everything -- with both incredible technique and driving passion. And while his roots might be far from the Mississippi Delta, his heart is right there. To be fair, he can't hold a candle to the masters as a singer, but when he starts picking, everything else can go out of the window: Listen to the ragtime of "Easy Money," for example, or his slide work on "I Can't Keep From Crying," which challenges the Blind Willie Johnson original. Rick Kemp's bass offers stout support on some tracks, including Simpson originals that sit easily next to the vintage material. And it's obvious he knows that material well -- his version of "The Coo Coo Bird" draws from Clarence Ashley, Hobart Smith, and John Calloway to present an interesting and heartfelt composite. He gets out of the blocks fast with a steaming version of "John Hardy," and doesn't let up until the final notes of "The Last Shot Got Him," where slide and electric guitar intertwine to rev up an old song. Simpson is a brilliant guitarist, but he also has taste; he never uses his extraordinary ability as an end in itself. Instead, he lets it serve the song, playing with commitment to the music. And that helps make this only a little short of brilliant.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Red House
UPC:
0033651016922
catalogNumber:
169
Rank:
271190

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martin Simpson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Footsteps,5-string Banjo,Hi Hat
Rick Kemp   Percussion,Electric Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Amasa Miller   Organ
Reggie Scanlan   Bass Guitar
James Singleton   Acoustic Bass
Michael Skinkus   Percussion
Dave Malone   Electric Guitar
Jessica Radcliffe   Vocals

Technical Credits

Martin Simpson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Lamar Sorrento   Paintings
Traditional   Composer
Gallivan Burwell   Composer
Oliver Knight   Engineer
Jimmy Augustin   Engineer

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Righteousness and Humidity 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I serendipitously heard a track from this album on a BBC folk music show and was intrigued enough to buy it, based on Simpson's extraordinary guitar technique. Numerous listens later, the album has practically burned a hole in my CD player. It's hard to believe that Simpson is actually an English folkie from a particularly grim part of northern England. In this album he pays homage to the greats of the Mississippi delta with stunning fingerpicking, slide guitar and 5 string banjo. Whilst John Hardy and the Coo Coo Bird are the obvious standouts, the Devil's Partiality (the downpour at the end sends shivers down your spine) and Love Never Dies should not be overlooked. In fact, there's not a bad track. If you're looking for new music to enjoy, look no further. This is as good as it gets.