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Pennies on My Eyes

by Craig Hughes

Scottish alt.blues and roots musician/songwriter revisits an acclaimed but very limited release from 2010, now expanded, remixed and remastered with some additional recording and given a full release for the first time.
Genre: Blues: Folk-Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Babe I'm Going Nowhere
2:21 $0.99
2. All the World's Women
2:45 $0.99
3. My Side of the Veil
4:28 $0.99
4. Richter Scale for Heartache
2:36 $0.99
5. That Old Red Mist Comes Down
4:47 $0.99
6. It'll Have to Do
2:03 $0.99
7. For You
3:59 $0.99
8. Lies Damned Lies
3:12 $0.99
9. Stone with My Name Carved on It
2:41 $0.99
10. Oily Old Rag (Tenement Porch Dog)
4:56 $0.99
11. No-One Cares If You Die
2:03 $0.99
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Album Notes
Craig Hughes is an alt.blues/roots performer from Glasgow, Scotland whose music is influenced by outlaw country, contemporary folk and the darker side of electric and acoustic blues. A string of well received recordings and his reputation as a guitarist, songwriter and live performer have led to comparisons with, amongst others, Richard Thompson, Howlin' Wolf, Nick Cave, Blind Willie Johnson, Jacques Brel, The Velvet Underground, ZZ Top, R.L. Burnside, The Cramps and Loudon Wainwright III.

Some press quotes:

As tough as Tarantino and as warped as David Lynch, his stomping fuzzed-up alt.blues is uncompromising stuff that packs one hell of a punch.
- Classic Rock Presents: The Blues Magazine (UK) April 2013

Craig Hughes has won praise far and wide for his uncompromising and powerful strum, the grisly and unflinching burr of his blues.
- Classic Rock Presents: The Blues Magazine (UK) February 2013

... an amazing picking guitar style whether electric or acoustic ... one singer who takes no prisoners.
- Blues Matters! magazine - (UK) Issue 70 - March/April 2013

... his lyrics are as irreverent as they are unapologetic ...
- Blues Underground Network - (Canada) December 2012

Hughes puts his all into a performance commanding the stage, growling for all he’s worth while turning out some awesome picking be it electric or acoustic.
- Blabber'N'Smoke - (UK) November 2012

He's the man of blues. Take the direction for Seasick Steve, Left Lane Cruiser, Mississippi Allstars ... and you get to the place. Shame on me. I've discovered his lo-fi projects too late. Don't make the same mistake ...
- The Robust Fellow (Ukraine) September 2012

His music is gritty, raw and affecting with echoes of the Texas dust, fuzzed up psych and country and the low moan of the deep south.
- The Mad Mackerel (UK) June 2011

A bear of a man he can be ferocious on the guitar but his bottleneck style and use of sustain reminded one of Zoot Horn Rollo’s instructions from the good Captain.
- Americana UK (UK) June 2011

... Scottish alt-bluesman Hughes' debut album is a caustic, fuzz-laden, lo-fi affair with gritty acoustic slide aplenty. Arresting.
- Guitar & Bass Magazine UK, May 2010

This is simply a brilliant album! - Loud Horizon (UK) April 2010

... traditional based Blues music given a bit of an 'alternative' twist, with an added sense of Glaswegian dark humour
- Loud Horizon (UK) April 2010

This kind of Blues isn’t for the faint-hearted, there is true grit and plenty of gravel in Craig’s voice drawing us to the dark side with plenty of slide guitar and stomping ... it’s as if a Blues line-up of Black Sabbath had decided to play Tom Waits with a hint of Velvet Underground.
- Blues Matters! magazine - (UK) Issue 53 - March/April 2010 / www.paris-move.com - (France) - March 2010

... thought provoking ... pure acid emotion ... a deep tribal feel ... haunting.
- Still Gigging .com (UK) April 2010

Craig Hughes kicks ass.
- New Music Scotland (UK) January 2010

... Tarantino Blues ... believe me if Quentin Tarantino was a blues singer, this is the kind of stuff he would be putting out ...
- Blues Underground Network - (Canada) January 2010

... growl of a voice ... black humour ... think something like The Jesus & Mary Chain meets ZZ Top and you’re there! ... Not one for the blues purists, but Craig Hughes angry, dark take on life will appeal to those who have open ears ...
- Blues In The Northwest .com - (UK) January 2010

Blues Music the way it was meant to be played, down and dirty, no prisoners taken.
- The Blues Report blog - (Canada) December 2009

... world-weary vocals, and a bottleneck guitar style that draws on the greats, such as Son House, Muddy Waters, Blind Willie Johnson ...
- Blues Matters! magazine - Issue 49 - July 2009



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