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Mike Regenstreif
Montreal Gazette
January 10, 2002




more reviews of Archie Edwards
 
Archie Edwards, who died at 80 in 1998, was a first-rate blues singer and guitarist who rarely recorded during his more than half-century as a performer. These 13 solo tracks, recorded in a Toronto studio in 1986, and only now released for the first time, are his only recordings in print. Their quality suggests a blues man worthy of much more documentation and recognition.

Edwards was from rural Virginia and his playing is firmly within that region's Piedmont style of blues, more melodic and gentler than the blues originating in the Mississippi Delta; although on the original
I Called My Baby Long Distance, Edwards proved himself more than capable of playing Delta-style slide guitar. Edwards mixes other originals, like the topical Poor Me, with individualized interpretations of classics like Easy Rider and One Thin Dime Blues. This CD represents only half of the material that he recorded in Toronto. A second volume is in the works and will be most welcome.

****4 stars
 


"...his playing is firmly within that region's Piedmont style of blues, more melodic and gentler than the blues originating in the Mississippi Delta..."