Tim Elliott and The Troublemakers - Self-Titled
These are the sounds from an era when acoustic blues was taking on amplification. Not an "unplugged" album, but one firmly rooted in the tradition of blues and gospel. There is no overkill here, yet the treatments are totally loaded with conviction. Tim Elliott re-introduces the drive and vitality that was there the first time around on gems by Hooker, Howlin' and Johnson. The recording is relaxed, and you won't find any bleached copies on this CD. Tim Elliott and The Troublemakers are one of the unique examples, and living testaments, of why the music, nowadays, is very much alive and well. Talented artists bringing emotion, craftsmanship and spontaneity on home.
Tim Elliott and The Troublemakers - Bed Slats 'n' All
This CD starts with an ear-bashing in the guise of "The Celebrated Tommy Ellis Boogie" and continues with top-class harp playing. Tim is well known as the frontman of Blues'n'Trouble, but he's also the main man in his own blues project, The Troublemakers. This record brings us a rough and tough feeling with an acousto-electric sound. The entire proceedings have a vintage sensibility, and Tim Elliott keeps it real via his raw, smokey vocals, and fine harmonica/guitar work. The Troublemakers do a good job of providing an acoustic backline, while they compliment Mr. Elliott at every turn. Another raw and cookin' release from Buzz Records.
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