Tuesday, July 29, 2008

[225] Review: David Egan - You Don’t Know Your Mind

Piano-based blues suffered at the pyrotechnic hands of B.B. King and Eric Clapton, but Lafayette’s David Egan reminds us that piano keys are for pounding out the blues. The epic-length title track has a stomping rhythm progressing like the march of time, punctuated by Egan’s subdued howl and atmospheric organ. The history of the piano blues is played out on this album: barrelhouse rockers like “You’re Lyin’ Again,” slithering New Orleans funk on “Love Honor and Obey,” and torch song weepers like “Bourbon in My Cup” all play flawlessly. The sentimental “Small Fry” points to The Band at their folkiest. Ultimately, Egan’s tasteful touch comes through in each track on this delightful record. myspace.com/davidegan

Recommended if you like: Dr. John, Leon Redbone, long walks along the pier

Essential tracks: “Bourbon in My Cup,” “Small Fry,” “You Don't Know Your Mind"


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