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Love vs Blues

by Paul Garner

Classy blues with a jazzy twist. Great guitar work, catchy original lyrics, and a band featuring hammond organ and double bass.
Genre: Blues: Electric Blues
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1. Love vs Blues
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2. Louisiana Blues
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3. Tequila Amnesia
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4. Just Got Out Of Jail
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5. Blue Morning Light
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6. Dirty Dealer
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7. Some Will Tell You Their Secrets
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8. Keep On Tryin'
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9. Another Day In New Orleans
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10. No Truth To Tell
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11. Bread & Circuses
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12. Goodnight My Love
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Album Notes
Love vs Blues is the exciting debut album from London-based artist, Paul Garner.

Growing up in New Zealand, Paul played professionally in blues bands with his father from the age of fifteen, soon becoming one of the country's top blues guitarists. In 2001 he decided to leave New Zealand in search of a wider audience. His travels took him through the USA, including a stint jamming with the local legends in Dallas, Texas, and onwards to the UK.

In London he found a fertile jam scene and was soon recognised as one of the city's top players. Paul formed his first band as a leader, and began writing and performing his own material.

"...these are songs of love and blues, which after all is what life is all about. So these are songs of life, my life and places I've been, people I've met and changes I've been through."

Recorded in New Zealand, the album features twelve original tracks. The album also features three of New Zealand's finest blues/jazz musicians.

Liam Ryan contributes classic jazzy organ, recalling the sounds of Jimmy McGriff and Jimmy Smith. Liam has toured as keyboard player for both Robben Ford and Charlie Musselwhite and has experienced popular success as a member of kiwi rock band, The Narcs.

Nigel Masters plays double bass. A consummate musician, Nigel is normally seen playing with kiwi acoustic-blues stylists, Kokomo. Here he shows both his feel for the blues and his adaptability, always adding a special something to the varied material.

Warren Houston is an experienced jazz drummer, well known on the local scene. Warren is a long-time friend and musical partner to Paul, having played together for many years in Steppin' Out.

Paul's father, Mike Garner, plays harmonica on three tracks.



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Steven Verhoeven, for Bobtje Blues.

...this album probably will be in my personal top 5 of this year.
One of the good things of reviewing cd’s is that, once in a while, you get a real masterpiece to review, a record you normally would never had heard… Such a record is ‘Love vs Blues’ by Paul Garner. Although he was born in England, he grew up in New Zealand, and he also returned to this island to record his first album. Why this cd is that good? First of all the style Garner plays in. One way or the other he succeeds in merging jazz with blues. Since the band that recorded the album with him plays a lot as a jazz-quartet, it’s not that odd of course, but Garner stays loyal to his blues-roots (just listen to the slide-guitar he plays on ‘Louisiana Blues’). Further you can not deny the strength of Paul as a musician, and I’m not talking about his sublime guitar-playing only. The man owns one of the most magnificent voices I heard on cd this year. In a number of songs he even made me think about Jamie Cullum, the young million-selling artist, who personally is responsible for the rebirth of jazz in the UK. The sum of his qualities as a musician and his exceptional talent for songwriting is incredibly high. The swinging ‘Tequila Amnesia’, the instigating ‘Another Day In New Orleans’ or the breathtaking ‘Goodnight My Love’, they are all highlights recorded between other highlights (twelve to be exact, all written by Garner himself). I think ‘Love vs Blues’ is a cd every music-lover should hear once if he or she can. I’m not pushing this record because, as I said earlier, the influences of jazz are more than present, but I can speak for myself and say that this album probably will be in my personal top 5 of this year.