On the sweeter side of the musical spectrum, Keith Harden showcases some juicy sounds on his new one, Illinois Blues. Displaying great proficiency on a number of instruments including harmonica, ukelele, dobro, and the ever-present acoustic guitar, Harden oozes the blues. His soulful vocals resonate on Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Jimmy Reed covers, with originals like "Sweet, Sweet Mama" generating an innocent, folk-rock spirit, while "Cookin' Your Blues Away" takes a more gritty, southern blues approach, with light-hearted lyrics like, "Elvis in the kitchen, making fried chicken," finishing the mood. Hear these awesome notes yourself at Beale Street Cafe, where Harden sets up shop every Tuesday night...
-- Michelle Picardo
This article was written by Rochester Freetime Magazine, Words & Music Editor, Michelle Picardo and originally published in the March 6th - 20th, 2003 edition
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