November 6, 2011
Mary Flower - Misery Loves Company
Her 4th album on Yellow Dog Records - An intimate collection of duets with some of Oregon's accomplished Blues and Roots musicians.
When she is not teaching at guitar workshops or busy touring concerts and blues and folk festivals Mary Flower is busy making wonderful albums such as "Misery Loves Company". Her impeccable fingerstyling incorporates folk, blues, and ragtime elements seamlessly.
On "Misery..." Ms. Flower and friends created 12 captivating tracks - 8 songs and 4 instrumental pieces that are sure to draw the attention of any fingerpicking and blues aficionado. I especially like her cover of Son House's "Death Letter Blues", crystal execution. Quite different from House's - I like both versions.
I would be remiss in this review if I did not mention the sweetness of her voice, like "honey and smooth whiskey." I read that somewhere. It's true!
Find Mary Flower on youtube as user: TheGibsongal.
Buy the cd, so you won't be miserable.
- Andrew Stranglen