Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Review -- TRAVIS 'MOONCHILD' HADDIX -- Daylight At Midnight

DAYLIGHT AT MIDNIGHT
Travis 'Moonchild' Haddix
Earwig Music
6.5-out-of-10
Ah now here we go. If you have ever wondered what the blues are, I mean at the very core of the genre, then take a listen to Travis Haddix. Born in Mississippi in 1938, Haddix, who now resides in Cleveland, is a 100 per cent pure, dyed in the proverbial wool, bluesman.At 70, this guy can still get his fingers around the guitar strings with the best of them. He shows some nimble solo work on cuts such as Backward Baby, one of the truly soulful cuts on Daylight At Midnight.Vocally, age is usually a good things for a bluesman. The age adds a richness to the voice you just can't get any other way.Lyrically too, age is generally a good thing, because life experience is really the fuel to fire creativity when it comes to writing the best blues.Now this may not be the greatest blues CD ever, well clearly it's not, yet it is so typical of what the blues is all about, it's a compelling CD to have.There are a few spots where Haddix changes course just a bit. For example, Who Could I Be is more of an R&B cut, and frankly, it's likely the weakest cut on the CD. Moonchild is at his best singing the blues, and he should stick to that. Haddix is a solid bluesman, but when he strays from the purest form of the genre, his voice doesn't carry the change well, and it also tends to push his solid guitar work off the CD, and that too is a shame.By contrast he follows up the sub par R&B cut with the title cut, and falls right back into what he does best.This is a CD worth having, but on occasion you might want to hit skip just to enjoy what Haddix does best. A better song choice on a couple of occasions would have boosted the score a point. With a dozen CDs to his credit Haddix should know better.Check him out through www.earwigmusic.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov. 19, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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