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right down there on lee street

by tom hall

an acoustic country blues primer, blues 101 if you will. first rate guitar, deep voice, lots of styles to choose from, but with plenty of soul.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sweet Home Chicago
4:40 album only
2. Worn Out Engine
2:50 album only
3. Payday
4:15 album only
4. Buck Dancers Choice
3:07 album only
5. I Believe I'll Dust My Broom
5:19 album only
6. Untrue Blues
2:45 album only
7. Police Dog Blues
3:17 album only
8. Phonograph Blues
4:03 album only
9. Hesitation Blues
5:22 album only
10. With Apologies to Furry Lewis
0:31 album only
11. Come On Into My Kitchen
4:10 album only
12. M.and O. Blues
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13. God Moves On the Water
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14. Lonesome Am I
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Album Notes
Tom Hall: National Steel Guitar, 5- and 6-String Banjo

Tom Hall has been undisputed occupant of “first chair” in every band he’s played in, whether it’s the Geyer Street Sheiks, River City Rhythm, The Illusions, The Fighting Molly McGuires or any of the others. Of course, the respect he now enjoys didn’t just fall into his lap; in the 20 plus years he’s been a working professional, Tom’s paid his dues with interest, playing on street corners, festivals, bars and concerts across the continent, Ireland and Europe.

Tom’s music was originally based on blues mentors Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson, Blind Blake and Rev. Gary Davis to name only a few. He has since broadened his repertoire to include eclectic fingerstyle guitar, clawhammer banjo and Irish tenor banjo. This encompasses music from the Americas to Ireland, Madagascar, Argentina and whatever suits his fancy.

Tom’s playing has brought him acclaim from appearances on National Public Radio’s “Good Evening America” with Noah Adams to the stages he’s shared with The Neville Brothers, Count Basie, Lightin’ Hopkins, Albert King, Guy Clark and many others. He currently plays solo and as a trio with Charlie Pfeffer and Blake Travis.

His solo CD “Right Down There on Lee Street” was released independently in 2006.

His numerous awards include: Best Folk Band, Best Solo Artist and most recently, Critic’s Choice for Best Acoustic Guitarist In St. Louis by the Riverfront Times. He is also the youngest musician listed by the Missouri Historical Society as one of the best of Missouri’s blues performers…or at least they put that poster with his name on it in one of their museum displays.

“The sounds his guitar makes are magnetic, earthy in their rhythmic thump, impossibly sensible in the unpredictable, private constellations he draws between the sparkle of notes. He sounds like Mississippi John Hurt filtered through Ireland back through Robert Johnson’s Delta back through St. Louis ragtime. He no longer copies anyone but follows his own eccentricities.” — Roy Kasten, Riverfront Times

“Not unlike early Ry Cooder, Leo Kottke or David Lindley, at his best Hall mixes and matches bits of the roots-music vernacular to create something fresh from the familiar… Hall’s guitar playing is first-rate, featuring an encyclopedic grasp of the blues vocabulary and clean, rhythmically precise picking that touches a variety of stylistic bases while retaining plenty of soul.” — Dean C. Minderman, Riverfront Times



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Roy Kasten

This guy can play....
Some blues and old time tunes, some familiar, others obscure. All played impeccably. Hall is hands-down the best Hurt/Johnson style blues picker in St. Louis.

Benjahmin Blowne

Yah Mon, Dat Tom Hall Is Really Smokin' !
It doesn't get any better than Tom Hall articulating on the National Steel. Vivid and crisp guitar as you might expect from a Natty Steel and in Hall's hands the instrument radiates resplendent voicings.

Hall holds the rare status of one being one of the best players on today's circuit. I've been lucky to have seen Hall many years ago when he was with the Illusions. I’ve seen him solo and not so long ago with the dormant, but not forgotten, Geyer Street Sheiks. I must say it was an honor and sheer delectation to hear his interpretations in each and every scene. No doubt he has found himself and has traveled a long way.

As I said, I cherish his arrangements but would love to hear some original work from this road troubadour. Dat id be sweet cake mon.


six stars
six stars, great singing, awesome playing, if you buy it and don't like it send me your copy, i'm wearing mine out.