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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Groove
  • ASIN: B008ATDN5M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Hans Theessink and Terry Evans may be from separate sides of the Atlantic Ocean but they work together beautifully and make sense as a natural combination. These two vastly experienced and respected musicians are committed performers who are a perfect foil for each other. Theessink's lazy baritone and Evans' extraordinarily soulful gospel tones are tailor made to blend together with spine-tingling results. Timeless blues, gospel and soul related music comes alive in the capable hands of these two masters. With just two guitars and two remarkable voices they bring forth honest and straightforward power in a stripped down musical situation - an unhurried vibe that's contagious and flows with the easy rhythm of buddies with mutual respect having a blast singing and playing together. Guitarist Ry Cooder is featured on 3 tracks and joining Terry on backing vocals on 5 tracks are Arnold McCuller and Willie Greene Jr.

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When we first heard Theessink doing When the Man Comes Around last year, we knew instantly why he had such a good reputation as a Euroblues/folkie. This time around Ry Cooder, who doesn't have to do sessions for the money, drops by to lend a hand and an imprimatur to American audiences. Evans Mississippi roots must have made a real impact on Theessink as this sounds like something that was totally, natchurly born in the delta. Cooder just does a drive by but the over all sound is like a soundtrack Cooder did for a movie set in the southwest or the delta. One of the greatest back porch albums to come along this year, this is just one of those too good to be true records, plain and simple. If you haven't been bitten by the late night, acoustic blues sound, this set is sure to put you on a course you won't be coming back from soon. Killer! --Midwest Record, 9/8/12

With vocalist Bobby King, Terry Evans provided the ethereal gospel harmonies on Ry Cooder's '70s era recordings and tours, also recording two albums with King: Live and Let Live in '88 and Rhythm, Blues, Soul, and Grooves in '90, singing lead on Down in Mississippi from the '86 movie Crossroads, based on Robert Johnson's life.

Ry Cooder fans will want to snap this one up. It's like a time capsule with shards of Cooder's '70s work lying around. He only plays on three cuts, but you get your money's worth every time he steps up, guitar in hand.

How Come People Act Like That is classic Cooder, a rousing foot stomper with Cooder sliding along like a greasy, backwoods angel. Blues Stay Away From Me has Cooder ghosting along in the background with some ethereal slide work while Evans, Theessink, Willie Greene Jr. and Arnold McCuller add beatific vocal harmonies. He slows things down a bit on the gospel-tinged blues, Shelter From the Storm, with Theessink rumbling around in the bassment offering his intended beloved a harbor in his arms. Cooder's accompaniment is so pretty it brings tears to your eyes.

You could just stop right there and go home satisfied. But root around a bit and you'll discover that Theessink has obviously studied Cooder and adapted his style of down home pickin' as well on mandolin, banjo, and slide guitar. The title cut is a laid-back ode to Mississippi mud time where things go at a slower pace and a more comfortable rhythm.

Jewel Aikens' '65 hit The Birds and the Bees seems a weird choice for inclusion until you discover that Evans sang on the original release. The remake is a little more rattly and trebly - interesting, but unlike most things that Evans tackles, not quite as good as the original.

But he more than makes for it on the rest of the cuts. I Need Money sounds like it fell off Cooder's '74 masterpiece Paradise and Lunch.

Theessink's guitar is soft and understated, gliding gently underneath Evans and company's breathless, soaring harmonies on Pouring Water On a Drownin' Man.

This stripped down, bare-bones acoustic version is as soulful as James Carr's electric classic. Even if Evans' worshipfully shouted ''Woo Lawds'' are used in a secular sense, it's still heavenly.

Honest I Do is so Cooderish in tone and content it could have come from the same source. Evans' revelation of the man-hunting history of his home state on Down In Mississippi has had its electricity turned off, but there's still plenty of power. This version is even starker than the original, with Theessink's tasteful slide underscoring the grim lyrics and Evans' gravely shouts of praise for being delivered from a similar fate.

Delta Time underscores Evans' past Cooder connection, revitalizing his legacy with brand new gospel-tinged soul that's been too long coming. More please, and plenty of it. --Grant Britt, No Depression, 9/7/12

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It's as good as it gets!
Glenn Miller
Hans and Terry combine with great harmonies along the great back up vocals and special guitar backup by Ry Cooder.
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If you are a blues lover do yourself a favor and check this album out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Moore on December 28, 2012
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What a great album. I have all of Hans's albums and this new effort with long time artist Terry Evans is nothing short of gold. Then to add in the multi talented Ry Cooder is the icing on a magnificent cake. Not one poor track and each track on this album is pure blues at its most visceral. Love it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Sanchez on September 28, 2012
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Soulful and bluesy with top notch musicians. A must for Cooder and Evans fans with down and dirty slide, rhythm and blues singing and great recording
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Erickson on December 27, 2012
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Depth, harmony, structure. Oil and water mixing. You can listen to this 10 times in arrow, and find new subtleties every time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Miller on January 18, 2013
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Yummy vocals, guitar and song selection. Hans Theessink, Terry Evans and Ry Cooder. It's as good as it gets! Buy It!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By marvin on December 27, 2012
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Great album. I love the blues and this album gives a nice contemporary twist while staying true to the spirit of the blues. I also am a huge Ry Cooder fan and his imprint is all over this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Kremer on August 21, 2013
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Beautfully recorded album in "real" space...Terry Evans vocals are very soothing....and powerful on "Down in Mississippi"...Worth every penny....get this album,....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen LeFevre on April 19, 2013
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This is an awesome album, great for BBQ time outdoors. Love it! One of the best Blues albums in my stash!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Morse on April 9, 2013
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If you're a fan of understated, deep blues with tasteful arrangements and intimate vocal stylings, this album and their other collaboration "Visions" are a great choice. I enjoyed them both.
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