Scene Roots & Blues Magazine
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Summer 2000
Conversation With The Blues review 

Music writers love the idea of songs being "conversations" between band members.  It's a versatile metaphor that allows for all kinds of angles, both positive and negative.  Unfortunately for the writers, the best musical conversations don't have much interest in words.  Their nature is more of the telepathic-exchange-of-feelings sort.  So, all you would-be bar-room journalists who are searching for a clever spin for your opinion on Michael Pickett's latest release, bear this in mind:  talk about this record less, and listen to it and feel it more!  The follow-up to Pickett's Juno-nominated Blues Money , Conversation With The Blues is a smoldering collection of positively glowing sparks and embers.  From Big Train to Night Comes , this one's got Detroit-style funkiness, Taj Mahal-like barefoot soul and Charles Brown-esque candlelit balladry like nobody's business.

Pickett and company (and there's plenty of talent here, believe me - more than twenty stellar players, including secret weapon guitarist Shawn Kellerman and a string section!) do a brilliant job of reminding a proud prairie boy that there's life in Toronto after all.  Definitely a frontrunner for this country's blues recording of the year.

John Scoles


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