Bert Deivert is a US bluesman living in Scandinavia, where much of this very fine twelve-track album was recorded and produced. Despite living in Sweden for around forty years, Deivert remains a true US acoustic blues picker at heart. And it shows and shines clearly on this great CD.
Material ranges from some own-compositions to a raft od excellently interpreted old standards from the likes of RL Burnside and Son House to Sleepy John Estes and Skip James. For me, one of the finest and most striking tracks is Deivert‘s take on that old wonderful blues standard ‚Come Back Baby‘, here done in a new, refreshing and genuinely interesting way. The title track is also a minor masterpiece, featuring Deivert‘s Yank Rachell-inspired resonator mandolin work to full effect.
Throughout this CD, resonators feature strongly with Deivert playing both Guitar and Mandolin with ease and class. But this is not an album dominated by slide – it‘s beautifully produced with subtle emotive playing. Even the vocals are fine, with Deivert throaty and full of gutsy groove, clearly enjoying the whole performance.
Stockholm based, Us-born bluesman Brian Kramer – another big resonator fan – also plays in support here and the backing, support vocals are pitched just right. Deivert‘s take on Skip James‘s Cypress Grove is faultless, contributing to make this album a full five-star beauty.