It’s the road less traveled – a band I want to know as much as possible about and an album I will enjoy for a long time to come.
Terraplane Blues Band takes its name from a classic Robert Johnson song and plays a style of Blues that Johnson would probably recognize (and approve of), although the delta that characterizes this band is more the Severn River delta than the Mississippi, and , in my opinion by ear, they have strong sonic ties to bands like Dr Feelgood or Stephen Dale Petit, not a bad thing, and the British R&B scene of the early sixties.
Nick Scrase is the guitarist and vocalist and he’s one of those quintessentially British singers who eschew the American style in their vocals and show that British R&B doesn’t have to sound like a copy of American singers. Harpist Eduardo Allen was the band’s co-founder with Scrase, and his melodious harmonica is central to the band’s sound. The rhythm section of Tom Turner (drums) and Andy Wood (bass) create a sparse but “on the money” backing beat and the four create a style of Blues that is still as listenable as ever and should appeal to anyone who loves the Delta Blues. , wherever the Delta.
Truth be told, there aren’t really any weak tracks on the album but the opener ‘Highway 61’, ‘My Malaise’ and ‘Pick Myself Up’ are probably the tracks I enjoyed the most and I adds ‘the Ballad Of Ragtime Texas’ accompanied by his ragtime piano.