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MP3 Al Smyth - Comfort Me

This CD has it all: Blues, Americana, Rock n Roll, and even some wah-wah Curtis Mayfield meets Jimmy Page.

13 MP3 Songs
BLUES: Guitar Blues, ROCK: Americana

Al Smyth--who is this man? Is he the Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Dr. John he conjures up on his balls-out new album of blues, moves and misty hops? Or is he simply the most talented white boy in Columbus to rechannel his blue-hearted influences? Yes, yes--I think I know now: he''s that guy I saw at the ''Blues Garage'' at the Community Festival, riveting my beer-fogged mind with a country-blues yowl worthy of Son House sittin'' on a front porch in the Piedmont. This in the middle of the afternoon.

And yes, he''s that guy I saw in the bar on a weeknight go from the south London blues of five thin British boys to a Johnny Winter growlin''-at-the-moon ode to rotten eggs with hot legs. And he was definitely the guy keeping all those boogie-hungry working men and women entertained enough they stayed out too late on a work night. No easy feat.

In the end, this shy phenomenon is just a guy named Al Smyth. He''ll polka-dot your blues with enough personality to make you love the genre all over again. Welcome to the continuing story of Al Smyth, an evolution in progress.

- John Petric Music Critic, Other Paper

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