North Carolina, USA
Conversation With The Blues
This CD gets a (7) Harp Salute right off the bat,have been listening to it for three days driving to work and back, it has all the bases covered and batting .500 easy. Michael Pickett is the top harmonica player/singer that Canada has to offer, his vocals sound like he has Little Walter and Muddy Waters ' soul inside of his body due to some down south Mojo Doctor. Michael has definitely hit the Big Time with this CD for various reasons and production is one of them, his use of horns and organ is a plus and his style and approach is impeccable!
His sound on the harmonica is another avenue that has many forks at the crossroads, he makes his harmonica sound different on almost every song instead of keeping just one sound or tone thru-out the whole effort. Some tunes accoustic, some seem to have different amp setups, I LIKE it!.
Michael has toured with Big Mama Thorton, Whisky Howl, John Lee Hooker, Jeff Healy, Bo Diddley, Koko Taylor, Morgan Davis, Colin Linden, Paul James, Wooden Teeth, Downchild Blues Band, John Hammond, Matt"Guitar"Murphy, Doug Kershaw, Willie"Big Eyes" Smith and Sunnyland Slim. I think that you now get the picture, Michael Pickett is destined to become a bluz legend in his own right!
This is one of the top ten CDs that I have gotten this year, if you are a bluz harmonica fan, this CD will meet and surpass all expectations, I promise!!!!
Steve "Big Daddly BluzHarp" Harvel
© 2006 Michael Pickett