Big Jack Johnson:
"The Oil Man"
"Contemporary Mississippi blues doesn't get any nastier
than in Big Jack Johnson's capable hands.
The ex-oil truck driver's axe cuts like a rusty machete, his
rough-hewn vocals a siren call to Delta passion. But he's
a surprisingly versatile songwriter; Daddy, When Is Mama Comin
Home?, his ambitious 1990 set for Earwig, found him tackling
issues as varied as AIDS, wife abuse, and Chinese blues musicians
in front of slick, horn-leavened arrangements!"
"...The Oil Man, still ranks as his most intense and
moving, sporting a hair-raising rendition of "Catfish
Trucks Band: "Revelator"
"Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Susan Tedeschi
is part of the new generation of blues musicians looking for
ways to keep the form exciting, vital, and evolving. Tedeschi's
live shows are by no means straight-ahead urban blues. Instead,
she freely mixes classic R&B, blues and her own gospel and
blues-flavored original songs into her sets."
"In a desire to spend more time with her husband Derek
Trucks (who led his own group and was a guitarist with
the Allman Brothers Band) and their children,
the pair formed the soul-blues group the Tedeschi-Trucks Band,
an 11-piece ensemble that also included brothers Oteil
and Kofi Burbridge on bass and keyboards, respectively,
and drummers Tyler Greenwell and J.J.
Johnson. The unit signed to Sony's Masterworks imprint
and released their debut album, Revelator in June of of 2011."