BC Hudson – Everyday Blues – Album Review

BC Hudson – Everyday Blues

self release


8 songs time – 42:35

Cleveland, Ohio’s BC Hudson has rounded up mainly a first class roster of musicians to back up his spoken lyrics that remotely verge on singing. He touches on a variety of everyday topics. Aside from his own guitar and bass playing, he employs a number of able guitarists to provide a sturdy blues foundation for his spoken ruminations on the day to day grind that is life.

Ray Flanagan’s guitar adds fire to perhaps the bluesiest song here, “Rust Belt Blues”. Justin Tibbs adds saxophone to “I Used To Be Happy” for a bit of bluesy variety to the usual guitar fest. Here and throughout the percussion is sparse but effective, with the absence of kit drums. A more atmospheric and rambling guitar stew underlies the lyrics of “Miles Of Bad Road”. At one point Morris Billingsley unleashes a jarring bit of distorted guitar that awakens ones senses in a refreshing way.

The one guitarist that I recognize, DC Carnes, contributes meandering blues riffs to the self-explanatory “Get Outta My House”. The ode to the pitfalls of married life, “Married Blues”, delivers what I think is the best line of the record-“Gotta ask my wife if I can have the blues”. A bit of blues humor is a nice touch. Danny Gerald lends some rhythmic harmonica to accent Daryl Rowland’s guitar on the slow and bluesy “When The Train Comes”. “Time Stands Still” wraps things up on a slow and rather depressing note. Oh well I guess that’s why they call it the blues.

If you take a liking to bluesy guitar riffing, this is the place for you. As for singing I would be hard pressed to call this singing, although BC’s messages are conveyed in his lyrics. I guess you could call this music an acquired taste. If rustic rootsy reflections on life are your thing, this is where it can be found.

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