Sunday, January 10, 2016

MESMERISING SLIDE GUITAR THE CATFISH KEITH WAY


‘Dark is the night, cold is the ground’ and ‘Going to see the King’ – Catfish Keith

I’m pleased to be a friend of Catfish Keith and his wife Penny Cahill as a result of his tours around Europe and, in particular, the UK. He is a formidable mostly one man act (except on one piece where Penny sings with him on 'I'm satisfied, tickled too') in the tradition of the great blues men. Catfish’s style is, predominantly, country blues.


Dark is the night, cold is the ground is an atmospheric instrumental which always leads into ‘Going to see the king’ in his sets. They were written and originally performed by Blind Willy Johnson, I am lead to believe.

This is a live performance in his home state of Iowa and as with all of Catfish’s performances you will hear the audience go quiet as they become spell-bound by his mesmerising slide guitar – played on custom-made instruments from ‘National Guitars’.

This really brings back memories of my travels across the USA – particularly Texas - with the sun beating down and the tumbleweed rolling across the scorched fields.

His influences are from great delta blues musicians such as Robert Johnson, Booker White and Mississippi John Hurt. It would be really good to entice him out to play for us in Spain some time.





REVIEW BY
Lucky Bill
for CBBlues.com