Jimbo Mathus was a founding member of blues/jazz revivalists, Squirrel Nut Zippers. They were absolutely huge in the states but failed to really capture the imagination of the British public. Mathus has been reasonably prolific since his band broke up in the early 2000s, however and Blue Healer is his eleventh album. As you may gather from the album cover, Mathus is a one of a kind.
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8/10 Jack Customer review, 1st March 2018
There are numerous musical threads woven into this album, often within a single piece. The lyrics, guitars and Tex-Mex sounds of "Mama Please" echo David Allen Coe, Merle Haggard and Doug Sahm. The invocation of "Blue Healer" suggests the hoodoo of Dr. John and the dark, melodrama of Screamin' Jay Hawkins. There's neo-psych guitar, an acoustic love song, spiritual New Orleans R&B, and even a great, noisy jam playing out. The fluency with which Mathus navigates his influences will come as no surprise to his fans.
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