Underneath The Deep Blue

by Warden Martin & Walker

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New Blues & Americana from Scottish musicians Neil Warden, Gary Martin and Jim Walker. Featuring original compositions and classics.

1/ BOTTOM OF THE SEA (Warden/Martin) 5.30
2/ HANG AROUND HERE (Warden/Martin) 4.46
3/ I'M READY (Willie Dixon) 4.42
4/ DON'T TREAD ON ME NO MORE (Warden/Martin) 4.21
5/ EVERYBODY'S IN THE MOOD (Howlin' Wolf) 3.16
6/ THE DREAM (Warden/Martin) 3.54
7/ WORKING CLASS WHITE BOY (T.White) 3.37
8/ PEOPLE GET READY (C.Mayfield) 4.27
9/ FRANÇOISE (Warden/Martin) 4.23

Review Blues Matters UK

CD REVIEWs:
WARDEN MARTIN & WALKER
UNDERNEATH THE DEEP BLUE
Independent
This deeply atmospheric album of slow, smoky, swampy grooves would make a welcome addition to anyone’s blues collection. This music, by three highly experienced British bluesmen, is bluesy in the extreme. It relies almost exclusively on guitar, drums, harp and vocals, and all three players are superb, with long blues pedigrees. They are collaborating here for the first time, so one could call this a debut album, except that all three of the bluesmen featured have long experience – so this is, in essence a debut for none of the players. Neil Warden, who plays Weissenborn lap steel and other guitars, has been performing and recording for more than 40 years, so he’s hardly a neophyte. Gary Martin, on vocals and harmonica, has similar experience, as does Jim Walker, a Canadian who is the trio’s drummer. Five of the nine songs here are originals, credited to Warden and Martin. The others were written by such luminaries as Willie Dixon I’m Ready, Howlin’ Wolf Everybody’s In The Mood, Curtis Mayfield People Get Ready and the late Scottish bluesman Tam White Working Class White Boy. No pyrotechnics needed; the groove on all nine songs is slow, swampy, smoky and deep. These guys know what they’re doing. Though it is a trio, the sound is never thin or spare. This is due in part to Warden’s skill on the guitar, but all three players contribute greatly. Martin’s vocals and harp work are superb, as is Walker’s drumming. Some might consider the album skimpy, with just nine songs and 38 minutes of music. But better that than including some filler just for the sake of padding it out. It’s an excellent album. This is blues that moves the soul, not the feet – slow, deep, top-drawer, first class. If you like your blues swampy, real and deep, get this album. It’s a keeper.

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released July 11, 2017

NEIL WARDEN: Weissenborn lap steel & all guitars,
GARY MARTIN: Vocals & harmonica
JIM WALKER: Drums & percussion

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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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