JJ Appleton & Jason Ricci – Dirty Memory

JJ Appleton & Jason Ricci – Dirty Memory

Sometimes when you take a simple approach to the blues and add in some seasoned instrumental phenoms, you get something really special. That is exactly what you have on this project featuring blues harpist Jason Ricci (who tributed the late Paul Butterfield in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction), and relative newcomer JJ Appleton on guitar. This is the type of music created when you just let your feelings and talents flow in unadulterated fashion, creating music that is absolute killer. Choosing to record as a duo, the sound is still astonishingly full here thanks to their prodigious talents and JJ’s honestly emotive vocals. Jason and JJ really cut loose with the potent shuffle “Leaning Blues,” swampy groover “At The Wheel,” the hauntingly eerie “Demon Lover,” and a blistering cover of the Blind Willie Johnson classic “Nobody’s Fault But Mine.” Another wonderful cover that is a sort of blues-coming-full-circle effort is their take on the Stones’ “Black Limousine.” If you want to see why so many legends (Johnny Winter, Walter Trout, Susan Tedeschi among others) have tapped Jason to blow harp on their projects, check out “Jason Solo.” These guys compliment each other brilliantly, and one can only hope this is not a one time project and will be something they will do again many times in the future. – MW

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