A simply cracking release from a sparkling blues-roots band from Sweden. Acoustic, slide, resonator driven jumping stuff here with 12 tracks of generous goodness. Bert Deivert is a personal favourite of mine and with his last offering, Kid Man Blues now a few years old it‘s encouraging to know he‘s still producing the Scandinavian goods with this album.
Tracks included range across the spectrum of traditional old-time acoustic blues classics from the ever-popular ‚Baby Please Don‘t Go‘ by Big Joe Williams – here given a positively modern, attention-grabbing slant, to Sleepy John Estes, ‚Mailman Blues‘ and Milkcow Blues‘ and Bo Carter‘s album title track. Sideroads take in tracks from RL Burnside and Deivert‘s own fine compositions. With Deivert, US-Swede and highly talented resonator guitar and Mandolin picker there‘s no surprise to find a track from the late blues-mando master Yank Rachell squeezed into the mix.
This is an album that romps along at a fair lick from start to finish, featuring top-quality playing from a band of clearly talented musicians equally at home with acoustic material and electric driven music: Deivert‘s twelvth release to date, he is joined here by Fredrik Lindholm on percussion; Janne Zander on guitar and Per-Arne Pettersson on Bass. The result is a marvellous melange of quality blues. (Rootsy Records)