61 Ghosts - …To The Edge album review

This may be why they call it the blues

Cover art for 61 Ghosts - …To The Edge album

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A blues album from a guy who worshipped Johnny Thunders? Joe Mazzari even played with his hero back in the 80s. But now his musical odyssey has brought him to Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he recorded this six-track EP that conjours up the dreamy delta and the gritty mean streets in the same breath.

His rhythm section, who are assuredly on the same wavelength, includes drummer Dixie Deadwood who makes up with passion what she may lack in finesse.

It’s mainly down to the dynamics that propel the songs. The attitude is as much punk as it is blues, but Mazzari’s lyrics have a poetic quality that adds another compelling dimension, while his guitar solos create a dynamic of their own, notably on World Gone Crazy where he lets the notes fall away to heighten the tension.

A very absorbing 22 minutes.

Hugh Fielder

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.