It’s not often we hear of musicians hailing from the Campbellton region of New Brunswick, but John Richard just might be the guy to help change those fortunes. Judging by the strength of the material featured on Blue Valley, he should have little trouble winning over an audience. This five-song release is steeped in the tradition of the blues but with a distinct modern sense as vocally, Richard’s voice bears some resemblance to both Gregg Allman, and The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. He tackles a cover of “Well (Baby Please Don’t Go)” with an abundance of confidence before settling into the simplistic “Betrayal Blues,” and following that up with the Muddy Waters-influenced “Far Behind Blues.” A dynamic, outstanding talent, expect to be hearing more about John Richard in the coming months.
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