Guy Blakeslee aka Entrance has a unique approach
to the blues. While he is highly influenced by the likes of Robert
Johnson and Skip James, he is equally akin to Dylan
and T-Rex. Wandering Stranger, his first for Fat
Possum, follows his critically acclaimed 2001 release The Kingdom
of Heaven Must Be Taken By Storm. Like Blakeslee's debut,
Wandering Stranger echo's of the Delta with very little
percussion. Not a new concept, but definitely a unique one, Blakeslee
takes three traditional melodies and adds new lyrics. He reworks
Townes Van Zandt's "Rex's Blues", using a fiddle
for an extra somber effect. With a Velvet Underground approach,
"Happy Trails" is an erratic electric instrumental which
closes out the disc.
Recorded live in the studio, Wandering Stranger has an
exceptionally personal feel. While it would be easy to lump Entrance
in with other blues revivalist such as The Black Keys or
20 Miles, don't. Guy Blakeslee stays closer to the roots
with a pure and authentic appreciation for the blues.
1. Train Is Leaving
2. Rex's Blues
3. Wandering Stranger
4. Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor
5. Honey In The Rock
6. Lonesome Road
8. Please Be Careful In New Orleans
9. Happy Trails
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