Review: Yank Rachell, 'Blues Mandolin Man' 

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Yank Rachell

Blues Mandolin Man
Blind Pig
4 stars

Some folks get excited when "new" recordings or reissues from Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan pop up. Here in Indianapolis, whenever there's another opportunity to showcase mandolin bluesman James "Yank" Rachell, it's a musical celebration.

Blind Pig Records has reissued these 1986 sessions, originally released on LP and then picked up on CD by Random Chance Records in 1999.

Some of the highlights are the Yank staple "Moonshine Whiskey" (one of the most-covered of his songs), the slow jam "My Baby's Gone" and the front porch-flavored "Bugle Call" and "Make My Love Come Down." Guitarist Peter Roller shines on "Cigarette Blues." Peter "Madcat" Ruth is a highlight on "She Changed The Lock." Yank's granddaughter Sheena Rachell plays bass on the album, making this a blues family affair.

According to the album's liner notes, this reissue of Blues Mandolin Man was partially funded by a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. Great for them and here's hoping for more Rachell reissues.


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