'Made in Mississippi' - French blues magazine Blues & Co.
Mark Cole (vocals, Harp and Slide) and Rick Edwards (Guitar and Vocals), two Englishmen who made the pligrimage to Clarksdale, Mississpi, careful! Not the dumb thing, or tourist style like musuem, supermarket and Mickey Juke of the corner, a postal card, a Bud and let's go... (Do not laugh, I almost do that!) No! These ones arrive with their suitcase full with Pinetop Perkins and his keyboard, Sam carr and his drum, take some guys for the rythm section who are not comic but in the sturdy style. With Jeff «Drummerboy» Hayes on drums and Eric «Bassfingers» Lanier they record nearly live... Hum, in fact, no, really live takes, in Mister Jimbo Mathus' home. Isn't it serious? Yes, it is, a least, it's so powerful, so fresh, so enjoyable to listen this sequence of pearls. Taken by the idea of traditional in acoustic duet, of electric Juke with a lot of guests (Terry «Big T» Williams, Stan Street, etc.), of jumping street Corner, and a huge part of Chicago, our accomplices have a great time without forgetting to share with us, letting us with a staggering shiver, and the lips damp by pleasure.
These guys don't play Blues, they feel it, they breathe it, they simply live it and proove that to us, during 11 compositions, shared between Cole and Edwards, without forgetting Pappy Pinetop, who's still in good shape and proove it to us by singing and playing piano on his own composition "One More Time". Nothing to throw away, voices are perfect, riffs and solos ruin your slippers, Rythm section gives you wriggling joy... No, don't see what could mess up? The real Blues is not dead yet in England, better like that... Not a pretentious CD but a great piece of faithfulness.