THE TURNER DIARIES
If you like killer blues guitar, let me introduce you to Eddie Turner's latest The Turner Diaries.
Haven't heard of this guy? Well it's time you became acquainted. His website at www.eddiedevilboy.com gives us some insight into the man, and his guitar. “'Otherworldly', 'scorching', 'polyrhythmic' and 'chilling' have all been used to describe Eddie Turner’s guitar playing. His ethereal style is an amalgam of the Afro-Cuban rhythms of his heritage and the music that influenced him as a teenager: Chicago blues, jazz, r&b and psychedelic rock. The Cuban-born singer/guitarist cut his teeth in several rock bands contributing what Slate magazine describes as 'spacey-yet-resounding solos'.”
From the opening licks on Dangerous, through to the closing notes on I'm Tore Down, Turner is on a guitar burning roll.
The added bonus here is that Turner has a fine voice too. It is a fine compliment to the guitar work, which really is stellar. When this guy breaks into a guitar solo it's pure joy to listen.
If I were forced to pick a favourite I might have to choose So Many Roads, but any of the 12 cuts here have merit. This one is pure good.
You will want to mark Eddie Turner on your favourites list real quick, and I for one am anxiously awaiting whatever follows for this guy in terms of his blues career.
This one is a MUST, for any blues, or guitar lover.
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Feb. 27, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada