Bradleyboy Mac Arthur – Salt Gun (Awesome / EMI Music Canada)

From the back woods of Orono, Ontario comes the newest release from one-man band Bradleyboy Mac Arthur. With roots running deep straight to the Mississippi Delta, Salt Gun is one of the best blues releases that I have come across so far this year. Recorded live off the floor, there is a rawness running through the album that would be nearly impossible to replicate had the record been made in any other manner. And though you might be inclined to think that the lack of a full band somehow hinders Mac Arthur, you had best think again. By the time you hit track four, the powerful Locomotive Dream, you are so immersed in the record and Mac Arthur’s unique style that the one-man band thing becomes a non-point at that moment.

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