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Certified Blue

April 1, 2010 | Format: MP3

$8.99
Also available in CD Format
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 1, 2010
  • Release Date: April 1, 2010
  • Label: World Talent Records
  • Copyright: 2010 Forrest McDonald
  • Total Length: 53:09
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B003EQ6DBC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,057 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This is the wrong cover and track listing for Certified Blue. This is the cover to Forrest on Fire.

Guitarist Forrest McDonald was long ago "certified blue" before he ever came up with that name for his latest CD. McDonald is a highly talented blues guitar player and songwriter who has flirted with bright light for four decades, but who prefers to live quietly in Richmond, VA.

McDonald has always had a very clean approach to his guitar picking, choosing a bouncy phrasing that you might find Dickey Betts right at home with. This CD does nothing to hamper with his reputation as one of the best blues guitarists around that you're likely not to identify.

Everyone has heard his work, though. It is his guitar solo on Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock And Roll" recorded in Muscle Shoals that became part of the collective American lore when it was used in the 1983 film Risky Business.

Yet despite jamming with the like of Eddie Van Halen, Steve Perry, Bonnie Bramlett, and Johnny Winter and recording with Jimmy Reed and Bobby Womack, few people know McDonald.

McDonald wrote nine of the 13 songs on this CD, which features his wife, Kaylon, on vocals on 10 cuts. From the get-go, McDonald lets his guitar lead the way on "Keeping the Blues Alive," a fast-paced boogie about traveling the countryside spreading blues wherever he goes.

His rendition of Johnny Winters "You Keep Telling Me" is full of blustery guitar licks that never cross the line from sincere to show-off. McDonald demonstrates that a refined guitar solo can be just as powerful as one that relies on dozens of dazzling notes.
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