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D.K. Stewart | No Excuse for the Blues

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No Excuse for the Blues

by D.K. Stewart

A time capsule of NW Blues at it's finest, captured in the late eighties and featuring original compositions by DK Stewart and friends.
Genre: Blues: Jazzy Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Junco Partner
4:03 $0.99
2. When I Get Lucky
3:14 $0.99
3. No Excuse for the Blues
3:31 $0.99
4. All Night Long
4:55 $0.99
5. Sky Blues
3:03 $0.99
6. Tell It
3:41 $0.99
7. Just Your Fool
3:30 $0.99
8. Sweet Sunshine
3:12 $0.99
9. It's Not Rainin'
3:05 $0.99
10. I'm Just Worried
3:55 $0.99
11. Early One Mornin'
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Album Notes
A handful of people have driven NW rhythm and blues through two decades of development. Three names that leap to mind are Robert Cray, Curtis Salgado and Paul deLay. A telling common denominator for these men is the support of DK Stewart's piano and vocals through critical periods of their careers. DK is finally to concentrate on furthering his own career and this collection of recordings serves powerful notice that he is serious as a heart attack.
DK's piano attack is a stunning schizophrenic juxtaposition of dead-solid perfect left hand, reminiscent of the thunderous Willie Littlefield and an adventurous, original and sophisticated right hand as memorable as Prof. Longhair or James Booker. His soaring baritone voice fits both familiar standards and his own insinuating lyrics like a rubber glove.
The rollicking Storyville jailhouse shout, Junco Partner, with its second-line rhythm, is a fitting downbeat for this recording. This ancient song has been a staple of New Orleans whorehouse piano professors for 80 years. It's a fine foundation for a collection of a few covers and many exciting original songs from the fertile mind of DK Stewart. Listen, learn and enjoy. This is a must-have sampler of a blues giant supported by the cream of Portland's players. - "Uncle' Ray Varner



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