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Get this album - There won't be another one like it released - Ever!,
This review is from: Mississippi Soul - LP (MP3 Music)
This debut album from Daniel "Slick" Ballinger won the 2007 Blues Music Award for Best Debut Artist. If anything, it validates the opinion of the judges at the 2004 International Blues Challenge where Daniel and his band came in second, and Daniel won the Albert King Award for Best Guitarist.
In 2006, Daniel's life has took a turn when he was called to Serve and today can be found not on the stages and clubs where he made his name, but in NC, preaching the Gospel. He has announced his intention to devote his music to serving his new-found Faith, but hasn't abandoned the Blues. His next album will have a Gospel-Blues focus and is sure to be a treat.
I take exception to the reviews that pan his vocals; while perhaps not "traditional" blues, you can feel every emotion charged phrase right down to your soul, and isn't that what the Blues is all about? When listening to the title track, you can close your eyes and see Daniel as he spent the summer of 2002 living with and learning the Blues from the then 94 year old living legend Otha Turner in the Mississippi back country.
So while we may never again hear the likes of "Sugar Mama Blues" or "Slow Down" come from this brilliant young man, we are certain to hear more inspired Blues as he finds his heart and journeys through life. Until then, we are lucky to have this album of electric Delta tinged Blues, complemented by some of the most tasteful guitar and harp you're likely to hear.