Rag Mama Rag: Train`s A Comin`
Rag Mama Rag return with an excellent new offering, with their mix of original songs and tasty blues covers, not to mention the odd blues take on artists like Hank Williams. Recorded in France, this new album offers a very generous fifteen tracks. Rag Mama Rag are Ashley Dow, on guitar, National and Dobro resonators guitars, Weissenborn lap steel and of course the vocals and Deborah taking on the harmonica, washboard and percussion duties along with backing vocals.
Among the covers is a superb rendition of Ry Cooder`s `Across The Bordline` a slide guitarists dream track and Ashley does a wonderful take on this often recorded song. Pink Anderson`s `Greasy Greens`. Hank Williams` `I`m So Lonesome I Could Cry` and Big Bill Broonzy`s `Key To The Highway` all feature as does `Oh Babe It Ain`t No Lie` originally sung By Elizabeth Cotton, and sung by Deborah with Ashley joining her on the chorus, the playing here is just stunning, hit the replay button. The Gospel song` Let Your Light Shine On Me` is also covered. There`s a slice of ragtime on `Good Time` with guitar and washboard taking us back to the twenties. For `They Fooled Me` Ashley sings of the promises of a better life, the land of milk and honey, but he ain`t seen none of it yet! `Shake That Tree` is another slice of good time ragtime.
This is an album you just have to hear for yourself, if you like down home well played and uplifting blues, then this definitely for you. Recommended listening to all blues fans.
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