“If Eddie Martin were from Louisiana rather than London, he’d probably be a legend by now. He is certainly the best blues guitarist this country has produced since Clapton“
If you like good rocking blues you have it a-plenty here – but Eddie adds another colour or two to the usual palette. He takes his blues to the country and back to the town and has many a telling thing to say about life, love and the human condition along the way. This is perhaps Eddie’s most lively dance-around-the-house album yet.
Sideman and other guests appearances are noteworthy too – first the Texas Blues Kings – like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eddie’s groove-centered rhythm section of Guthrie Kennard and Jimmy ‘Blue Shoes’ Pendleton, are Texas Tornado awards winners for services to the blues in the lone star state. Dick Heckstall-Smith, (baritone sax on “Pillowcase Blues“) was a founder member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, and rates Eddie “as the hottest blues musician to come out of Britain since the 1960’s“. The Little Big Horns provide vintage brass sounds too! Belgian blues meister Mark T (and sideman for Rusty Zinn and Marc Hummel) deserves his production credit. JIM HALL
Musicians: Eddie Martin – vocals, guitars and harmonica; Dick Heckstall-Smith – Sax, Jimmy “Blues Shoes” Pendleton – Drums, Guthrie Kennard – Bass. Special Guests: Paddy Milner – Piano, Gary Baldwin – Hammond B3, Little Big Horns (Patsy Gamble Sax, Steve Trigg Trumpet, Andy Gwilliams Trombone)
4 OUT OF 5 “If Eddie Martin were from Louisiana rather than London, he’d probably be a legend by now. He is certainly the best blues guitarist this country has produced since Clapton, which unfortunately isn’t saying that much given the lack of competition….Eddie Martin sure can play like a bastard…and a cool bastard at that. His style is a mixture of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Junior Kimbrough, underpinned by some early ZZ Top boogie, which should be enough of a hint to get blues lovers rushing to find out what they’ve been missing.” Whats On In London Jonathan Wingate, 2002