the toronto sessions

By Ken Clarke

During a rare 1986 visit to Canada, Virginia-born blues man Charlie Edwards was forever captured in The Toronto Sessions. The result is a unique tapestry of blues treats drawn from the lengthy career of a 68-year-old blues singer whose only accompaniment is his own sweet guitar picking on an antique steel-pan Gretsch guitar.

In a country/barbershop blues style, Edwards combines traditional and “quilted together” compositions with his own original arrangements.

If you don’t have direct access to a sunny front porch and a jug of corn whiskey, this disc will have to suffice.

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