I briefly mentioned Willem Maker
(born Wes Doggett) in my Best of 2010 Music list
, but I didn't speak to my sense of his being Overlooked--and I should have. Consider this post a belated remedying of that oversight.
Actually, Maker may not remain Overlooked for much longer. In the course of looking around for links for this post, I learned that Maker received brief mention in this past Sunday's New York Times, in belated acknowledgement of Maker's album Agapao, released back in April. Ben Ratliff describes
Maker's music as "sophisticated southern-rock trance music, composed with open-tuned guitar and boot heel, adjoining blues and country and heterophonic gospel music," and that is hard to improve upon.
But, this being the Internet, I'll elaborate anyway.
At the heart of Maker's music's power is that trance-like quality. It owes something of its quality to the droning, proto-boogie style of north-Mississippi blues practiced by R.L.