One Man Band
The Blues Don’t Come Any Dirtier Or Rawer Than This!
This album came in a parcel from my Israeli friend Yamit; and has been like a breath of fresh air recently.
Recently voted one of Israel’s Top 5 up and coming artists; Dani Dorchin kick-starts the album with the raucous Build a Home. Sounding like some early British R&B band in full flow (Keef Hartley and John Mayall spring to mind) there’s no way you would imagine comes from one guy playing solo.
Everything here is recorded as ‘live’ in the studio which makes Show Me The Way and Conscious Too Long even more impressive.
Dorchin is a mean guitar player; showcasing his ‘distinctive sound’ on songs like the broody and maudlin, To The Mountain and the much more up-tempo Take Your Time, both had my head spinning and my feet tapping.
Not everyone will like this album (Mrs. Magpie certainly doesn’t!), but if you love the Blues; as I do, you will absolutely love Sad Sad Girl. A raw and authentic cut that comes from the Alabama cotton fields in the 1020’s via SE London in the 1960’s straight to your phonograph in 2015. Dorchin’s voice is as Blues-wailin’ as I’ve ever heard and when he blows that harp…..my hair stood on end.
There has been a resurgence in the Blues recently with guitar virtuosos like Joe Bonamassa and Robert Cray at the forefront and on a local level, hipsters with beards are discovering the originators via the desire for vinyl; but for me nothing sounds better than a man baring his soul via an acoustic guitar, a bottle neck and a heart full of soul.
There is no better example of this style of Blues than the blood curdling Blame, which closes the album. Even sitting here typing I’m nodding my head in time and mouthing the words as if I’ve been teleported to Tel Aviv.
This was just what I needed today and God Bless Dani Dorchin for producing such a righteous slice of Country Blues. Thankfully he isn’t treading a lonely path; as over the years I’ve collected albums by RL Burnside, Bob Log III, Lincoln Durham and even the Reverend Peyton; but Bluesmen of this calibre are few and far between sadly.