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Randall Bramblett, Devil Music (New West Records)
Cd Reviews: December 10, 2015

12/10/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 Randall Bramblett, Devil Music (New West Records) 

This Georgia keyboardist may only possess a billionth of Clapton’s name recognition, but his session work is well-known to the top echelon of blues artists, from Bonnie Raitt to Gregg Allman and back again. His work as a studio fixture has naturally helped him collect a bunch of high-profile friends — Mark Knopfler and Derek Trucks made contributions to this record — thus there’s a certain amount of cred in play here, not that cred on its own has ever created a hit single, save for people like Eddie Murphy or The Singing Nun. This, his 11th proper solo LP, is dank and ramblingly sensual, par for the course, but if anything hampers the product it’s Bramblett’s plain-vanilla, uneventful singing. Personally lacking the sad, broken background of Howlin Wolf (conceptually, the album explores the incident in which Wolf’s mom banned her son from her household for playing “devil music”), Bramblett has to rely perhaps a bit too much on cred, that is unless you’re a blues wonk to begin with, and this discussion isn’t meant for you anyway. That being said, I really liked that a good amount of sampling was used, keeping it from being a cookie-cutter pandering to Billboard’s soccer-parent blues-pop charts. Admirable if a bit low-energy.





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