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Paul Geremia  - Love, Murder and Mosquitos

Love, Murder and Mosquitos

Paul Geremia

(Red House Records 2004, CD172)

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Pamela L. Dow
(pep.si@verizon.net)

Front Porch Blues

Only a handful of artists remain dedicated in preserving traditional acoustic country blues in its natural form. One such artist is Paul Geremia, an exceptional singer/songwriter who's a genuine historian of rare, prewar blues classics. His musical career spans nearly four decades, performing in small towns and big cities, traveling the same familiar routes where it all began. Geremia is a blues purist, committed to an all acoustic approach in authenticating the original styles and sounds of the masters themselves. This veteran of traditional country blues, presents these rare blues selections and his original material with infectious enthusiasm.

Love, Murder and Mosquitos is a showcase of Geremia's incredible fingerpicking technique on twelve- and six-string guitar, his expertise on rack harmonica and his expressive vocals. Love, Murder and Mosquitos contains 18 tracks of artistic genius, actually covering all three subjects. At first glance, this latest effort may appear a bit tiresome until pushing the play button. That's when you soon discover Love, Murder and Mosquitos to be a lively, spirited recording with Geremia adding a little fun to the mix. New Bully In Town talks about all types of bully's in life, even making a few political jabs. Mosquito Moan finds Geremia expressing his displeasure with these little pests. You'll hear him trying to swat at one, with a sudden "Ouch!" On a serious note, Evil World Blues touches upon the homeless issue, his deep vocal lament with bluesy fiddle, adds to the message. Geremia's distinctive fingerpicking will amaze you on his version of Blind Blake's Tootie Blues, and Charlie Patton's Pony Blues as he glides up and down the fretboard like an ice skater. He pays tribute to his close friend Dave Van Ronk, on Bad Dream Blues, a Van Ronk tune recorded back in the 1960s.

Love, Murder and Mosquitos was long in arriving, but well worth the wait. This brilliant recording of prewar blues and original work is backed by fiddle, mandolin, string bass and banjo. Each track touches a wealth of emotion with amazing musicianship. The pure energy emerging from this latest release is strictly all Geremia, giving us his very best.

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2004, Peterborough Folk Music Society and P.L. Dow.
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