Round three of the critically acclaimed Jock’s Juke Joint series of contemporary blues from Scotland and the strength in depth of original great sounding music is still here. Eighteen tracks of differing styles are on show from beautiful vocalising to rocking twelve bar stomping.
There are many highlights for me on this third instalment starting off with the guitar and harmonica swagger of 'Whisky Boogie' from Lewis Hamilton and the very Stones sounding Safehouse featuring some lovely slide guitar. Linda Jaxson provides some very classy singing on the haunting 'Light In Your Eyes' that features some beautiful saxophone. Acoustic guitar is highlighted yet again on this compilation series with the fabulous sounds of Al Hughes with 'Giving The Blues A Try' and John Hunt with 'She’s Smart' which is recorded live , in the traditional vein The Shiverin’ Sheiks is a great crowd sing-along song. Brian Carpy fires in a great instrumental track called Hangin’ which would sound awesome as a radio show intro track featuring some wonderful guitar and keyboards. Slower blues workouts are skilfully on show also by courtesy of GT’s Boos Band and Robbie Hill & The Blue 62’s.
Main Street Blues live track 'Lost Without You' is a great band shuffle sound featuring terrific piano and guitar, a very disciplined workout. The brilliantly named Harmonica Lewinsky with a catchy harp and guitar driven dose of r n b, the same can be said of The Afghan Hounds with an equally superb track in the same formula. For myself I love the mandolin driven track by Red Pine Timber Company called 'Sweet Saville' which is the cherry on the cake here for me, superb song that has some lovely gentle guitar and saxophone interplay, wonderful song.
Volume three is up there which the qualities of the previous two editions, fabulous work done by all involved with the production of this series. It shows the amount of talent that is about if you just take time to find it.