Canalslide Blues (EP)

by Neil Warden

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Neil Warden plays solo Weissenborn Lap Steel guitar.

"This is fabulous, evocative, emotional music"
Gary Grainger (Bishop FM)

“The Weissenborn... Neil plays it extremely well” Paul Jones (BBC Radio 2)

"The blues doesn’t run any deeper than when life itself hangs in the balance as Andy Gunn and Walter Trout have proved recently. Weissenborn lap steel guitarist Neil Warden recorded this EP, Canalslide Blues, when recovering from cancer, a process which thankfully helped the healing process. This recording, although only 20 minutes long, is a profound and inspirational musical journey communicated not in words but solely through Neil’s exceptional guitar playing.

On "The Road Home," Neil’s sumptuous slide creates a poignant, melancholic mood as he sets out on the hard road ahead, the grief and heartache echoing from the strings. "Canalslide Blues" has a jaunty feel suggesting optimism alongside moments of anguish, the atmosphere created by skillful slide and finger picking techniques.

The longest track, "Mantra," is a complex, contemplative, classic piece of music beautifully arranged, the spaces between the chords as significant as those played. The powerful, spirited "Dust Bowl" signifies Neil returning to his best, stronger than ever and extending the Scotsman’s illustrious 40-year career as a highly respected and innovative bluesman. An extremely unique blues experience well worth listening to. "

Dave Scott, Blues Bytes

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released July 26, 2018

All titles composed and recorded by Neil Warden at Canalside Studios, Edinburgh July 2018.

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Neil Warden Edinburgh, UK

“One of the world’s leading exponents of the Weissenborn lap steel guitar” (Blues Matters UK)

Neil Warden is based in Edinburgh, Scotland and has been playing/recording guitar for over 40 years.

Neil has performed with:
Tam White, Boz Burrell, Peter Straker, Camille O'Sullivan, Maggie Bell, Brian Kellock, John Burgess, Lorna Reid Quintet, Dave Heath, Aqua Bassino and more.
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