Delightful is not a term I’d normally use in the same sentence as that gnarly old foul mouth yob from Anglesey, but Andy ‘Bob’ Beaumont has released a delightful album.
I’m normally quick to dismiss the blues as a genre made by jilted men with limited vocabulary… Yeah, we are pretty quick to dismiss stuff without any further thought… So when Andy asked for my address, he’s either coming round for a Covid Party or he’s sending me a CD with knowledge of my abode to ‘do me in’ if he gets a bad review.
Not a chance…
‘Blues & Roots’ is exactly that, the thirteen songs pick through some very early blues, roots and jug band stuff and given Andy’s own interpretation. The results are uplifting, heart warming and (despite being ‘the blues’) will bring a broad smile even to the stoniest of punk rock faces.
Expertly recorded by Simon Darvell during the infamous house arrest wars of 2020, the sound is crisp and the arrangements are divine, as are the accompanying percussion and vocals.
Released on CEG Records, this is a CD that now proudly sits in my collection… You need to do the same.