Bob McCarthy – Trouble in Mind

by Iain Patience

bob-mccarthy_trouble-in-mindA wonderful seven track disc from one of the USA’s sadly lesser-known acoustic guitar pickers and singer/songwriters. McCarthy has sure paid his dues as a pro-musician for many decades, gigging and working with countless major figures including Jorma Kaukonen, Pentangle, Tom Paxton, Roy Book Binder and many more.

‘Trouble In Mind’ is a release featuring his strong fretwork and vocals with some top-notch Harp-work from James Montgomery on the opening four tracks which all originally figured on McCarthy’s superb blues release of a few years ago, ‘Satisfied Mind’ – one of my own personal favourite albums and one I never tire of. The remaining three tracks are instrumentals from his later equally excellent ¬†album ‘Star Of The Sea’.

The title track gives way to Fred McDowell’s ‘You Gotta Move’, slips into WC Handy’s old ‘Atlanta Blues’ before a delicious take on ‘Sittin’ On Top Of The World’ moves the disc onto McCarthy’s three instrumentals, all self-written, and echoing slide-work with pace and some light jazzy chording at times. This is an album of positively top-quality acoustic blues from a sure-fired and sure-footed master. Highly recommended without doubt.

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