The Scissormen find soul in "Big Shoes: Walking and Talking the Blues"

Monday, 09 April 2012 12:00 AM Written by 

51XZoW5MiFL._SL500_AA300_The Scissormen are an unusual blues band -- just a guitarist and a drummer -- sort of like some very early blues bands.

And they have an unusual, but very good, new album -- The Scissormen, "Big Shoes: Walking and Talking the Blues" (VizzTone Records). It's actually a set -- a CD recorded live, and a DVD documentary of the concert, based on the music of the duo called the Scissormen. The Scissormen are Ted Drozdowski on guitars and vocals, and R.L. Hulsman on drums and percussin. 

Their music is the music of the North Mississippi hill country, filtered through their own ears and blues senibilities.

It's a thick, hypnotic sound, laid heavily on here by just guitar and percussion, and it works just fine. Much of the music is original, and the SM lean on inspiration by Mississippi Fred McDowell, R.L. Burnside, Jessie Mae Hemphill and the like.

But there's also inspiration from the world of rock, expecially the higher-energy kind, and the blend here is higher octane than most blues, as in "Whiskey and Maryjane."  There are tribute songs to Hemphill, McDowell and Burnside,

The DVD contains cocert footage and intereviews. Drozdowski, a former music writer, makes his case for advancing the music of the blues, and taking it beyond where he found it. Meanwhile, he makes darn good music.

Here's a video of "The Devil is Laughing," from the CD

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