Cd Review – BERT DEIVERT & COPPERHEAD RUN By IAIN PATIENCE

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BERT DEIVERT & COPPERHEAD RUN

BLOOD IN MY EYES FOR YOU

Rootsy Records/rootsy.nu

A simply cracking release from a sparkling blues-roots band from Sweden. Acoustic, slide, resonator driven jumping stuff here with 12 tracks of generous goodness. Bert Deivert is a personal favourite of mine and with his last offering, Kid Man Blues now a few years old it’s encouraging to know he’s still producing the Scandinavian goods with this album. Tracks included range across the spectrum of traditional old-time acoustic blues classics from the ever-popular Baby Please Don’t Go by Big Joe Williams – here given a positively modern, attention-grabbing slant – to Sleepy John Estes, Mailman Blues and Milkcow Blues and the acknowledged King of the single-entendre, Bo Carter’s album title track.

Sideroads take in tracks from RL Burnside and Deivert’s own fine compositions. With Deivert, US-Swede and highly talented resonator guitar and Mandolin picker there’s no surprise to find a track from the late blues-mando master Yank Rachell squeezed into the mix. Praise for this release has been pouring in from many of Deivert’s blues-peers in the USA, including mandolin master Rich Del Grosso and Harp wonder Charlie Musselwhite, both guys who know a thing or two about quality blues, for sure.

This is an album that romps along at a fair lick from start to finish, featuring top-quality playing from a band of clearly talented musicians equally at home with acoustic material and electric driven music: Deivert’s twelvth release to date, he is joined here by Fredrik Lindholm on percussion; Janne Zander on guitar and Per-Arne Pettersson on Bass. The result is a marvellous melange of quality blues.

www.deivert.com

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