Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Review -- BIG DAVE McLEAN -- Got'Em From The Bottom

Big Dave McLean
Stony Plain
Every once in whhile you hear a singer whose voice is ideally suited to the genre they perform in. Well it would be hard to imagine Big Dave McLean and his gravely voice singing anything but the blues, and as a fan of the blues, I'm completely ecstatic that this guy found and embraced the blues.Based out of Winnipeg, McLean is a veteran of the Canadian blues scene, and truly one of its treasures. I have had the good fortune to meet and interview a fair number of blues singers in this country, and there are darned few I'd rather sit down and listen to than Big Dave.Of course you really do want to catch this guy live if possible, since he has not been terribly prolific in terms of studio recordings.That is why when I talked to McLean a year ago and he mentioned a new CD in the works, I was excited. It has been a fair wait to hear the new recording; Got'em From The Bottom, but I can assure you it was well worth the wait.It really seems like McLean too had a pent up desire to record again, as he offers up 19 songs on this album, an almost unheard of number these days.On this CD McLean gives us a load of old fashioned acoustic blues, often relying almost entirely on his own acoustic guitar, or more familiar National Steel, and of course his harmonica.The minimalistic approach to instrumentation allows McLean's voice, that raspy, wonderful voice, to carry the music.In the process McLean creates some true treasures here, from the opening Sometimes, through a mournful rendition of Atlanta Moan, to Someday Baby, and Comin' Home To You.This is another can't miss, must have CD. Just buy it. Check it out through

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Oct. 22, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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