Looking back from the deep south of the USA to down home Australia Sugarcane has come up with a brilliant new album of songs.
On DOWNUNDER THE BLUES he boldly touches on everything from reworkings of old folk songs to indigenous issues, the carnage on Australian roads, his childhood days on the farm - to environmental musings, menopause, relationships and even a pretty little lullaby for the health of poor old mother earth.
"Along with harmonica/didgeridoo practitioner Harper, there is no finer contemporary Australian interpreter of the blues than Sugarcane Collins. On this, Collins' fourth original album, the journeyman guitarist delivers a raw masterstroke of folk-infused musings. Sugarcane Collins' silver-tongued one-man narratives feel assured and his songs convey a universal authenticity".
"On this long-awaited follow-up to his acclaimed 2006 title Way Down The River, well-travelled far north Queensland-based blues troubadour gets back to the concept of blues from a distinctly Aussie perspective. Downunder the Blues is a well produced CD showcasing Collins' imaginative songwriting, sonorous voice and agile guitar picking. His narratives framed in various blues styles from Delta to ragtime and Piedmont, Collins is an aussie master of the country blues".
"Sugarcane Collins gave the blues genre the masterpiece Way Down the River which was set in the Mississippi Delta of the 1920s and 30s, and on Downunder the Blues he has continued with his sublime storytelling, innovative arrangements and pristine production".
"Sugarcane Collins has (almost) everything: a creative mind, a beautiful voice and an almost perfect fingerpicking guitar technique.
"I love your guitar work but I think your voice is the album's best feature , it has a real strong presence about it".
“Downunder the Blues is a different to your last release and there are many fine tracks. I played Berry's Creek Dreaming and had a really good listen to it. The way you placed your own personnel experiences into that song was outstanding.
"What a great album! I listened to all the tracks and I can pretty much use each one for my radio show".
The Blues Downunder
Click Go The Shears (850KB)
Some Fool Done Stole My Mojo (894KB)
It’s A Mystery (1MB)
Downunder The Blues (5.07MB)
Take Your Time (1.09MB)
Saddle Up My Pony (621KB)
Two To The Valley (892KB)
Flowers By The Roadside (850KB)
Berry’s Creek Dreaming (1.01MB)
Line In The Sand (1.05MB)
Connect The Dots (1.09MB)
Produced & Arranged by Sugarcane Collins
In Australia you can also order this album at all good record stores throughONLY BLUES MUSIC DISTRIBUTION