Dion: Son of Skip James

By: Martin Halo

The American blues have been interpreted a handful of ways by the self-proclaimed protectors of the cherished tradition. For Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Brooklyn native, Dion DiMucci it's about its beggared swampland roots. Digging back to its haunting and folkloric past, Son of Skip James (Verve Forecast) interprets the Delta style to perfection. The deep belly groan of open tuning coupled with the hollow bodied reverberations of his guitar channels our country's most primitive and original forms of expression.

By seamlessly mixing rhythmic grooves with full-bodied solo licks, the recording echoes the style that Eric Clapton pioneered with scorching, electric feedback on the second disc of Cream's Wheels of Fire. Son of Skip James is the follow up to the Grammy Award winning Bronx In Blue. Many modern blues records are hit or miss, but this piece of recording magic is an unlikely gem. What sets this apart is Dion's digging into the original musical inspiration behind these songs. He not only went back to legendary blues character Skip James but also his mythic 1931 Paramount recording session. Dion's album is a stiff traditional release with master musicianship and stunning vocals, though, in fairness, nothing we haven't heard before. Featured tracks include "Hoodoo Man Blues," "I'm A Guitar King," "The Thunderer," and, "Devil Got My Woman."

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[Published on: 2/11/08]

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