Live in Lafayette

by Reed Turchi

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about

“Judging from the huge dust cloud kicked up, the kudzu boogeymen are back to shake ‘em on down, north Mississippi-style. Although homed in North Carolina, Turchi’s mindset and loose, fall-off-the-bone guitar grooves still spiritually trace to somewhere in the backwash of Marshall County— down in the Land of Burnside, Kimbrough and Kenny Brown. Burlap-throated Reed Turchi remains head honcho, leading the squad with a hulking brass pipe on his slide hand. But something’s afoot. Just since last year’s “Road Ends in Water” debut, their stomps have grown thicker in texture, less in a hurry to move on, more willing to step away from the mic and churn awhile. Sporadically gaining a new harmonica helps. But the jackpot is being suddenly flush with slide guitar, bumped up by adding a pedal steel to run crisscrossing routes with Reed’s own bottlenecking. Together, the two take turns striking and recoiling and striking again. Plus, instead of stuck in a studio, Turchi is alive and wiggling, this time in Louisiana for a “Live In Lafayette” set. Taking advantage of the open space, “Do For You,” along with the newly unveiled “Kitchen Floor,” slips its leash for seven minutes. But, then again, the seedy “Dr. Recommended” and Fred McDowell’s “Write Me A Few Lines” tend to grow and grow like everything else here. Respectful of the Southern gothic undertow often lurking in their own tales, these juke-joint jammers always keep it murky and muddy while recounting of doing it in the dirt, imparting violence, pondering death and then doing it in the dirt some more.”

-Dennis Rozanski, BluesRag Magazine



Loyal reader, if you’ve read this blog with any frequency, you know that I have a particular affinity for the slide guitar and for greasy-sounding blues. So imagine my delight when I see an album (and a live album at that) featuring both of those aforementioned things. And I’ll tell you something about Reed Turchi. This guy knows how to play slide guitar. I’m not saying I’d say my soul to be able to play slide guitar like him, but neither am I saying I wouldn’t consider it.

The first comparison that jumps into my mind when I hear Turchi is Hill Country Revue. Both bands have a lowdown blues sound and both bands know how to get you to move your backside. And you get good examples of both in just the first three songs of this album. For lowdown tones, check out the guitar in “Junior’s Boogie.” Tones don’t get much more lowdown than this one. That song is followed by “Do for You” and if this tune doesn’t get you swinging your rear end, I’m not sure what will. Luckily, there are other opportunities on the album to get your boogie on. “Write Me a Few Lines” and “Shake ‘Em on Down” are good tunes to get you moving too.

I’ll make this real simple. If you like slide guitar, you are going to love Turchi. Live in Lafayette is available for pre-order now and will be available for sale on 12 March. Get you some!

-Gary Schwind, Incognito Music Magazine

credits

released March 12, 2013

Reed Turchi-Guitar/Vocals
Cameron Weeks-Drums
Andrew Hamlet-Bass
John Troutman-Pedal Steel/Guitar
Brian Martin-Harmonica

Recorded by Dave Livingston at The Artmosphere, Lafayette LA, November 16th 2012
Mixed by Adam Hill at Ardent Studios, Memphis TN
Mastered by L. Nix Mastering, Memphis TN

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