Andy Baylor and his Blues Is Poetry Trio will be playing the Dog’s Bar in St Kilda on Thurs 23rd March at 8pm…with Peter Boom Boom Beulke on bass and Sharkey the great on drums …blues, boogie woogie, swing,retrobilly and more …food available,free entry
here’s what a few esteemed music journalists have said about my blues stylings
Andy Baylor has opted not to play the glamour card. His blues is poetry of the back verandah kind, citing John Lee Hooker above John Donne, with a come-as-you-are feel set to the rhythm of the Melbourne suburbs. His decades of experience are evident not in precision licks but in a relaxed right hand, subtle humour and conversational rapport with a few similarly unhurried mates on upright bass and drums. Instrumental titles such as Fatsound Stomp and Boogie in the Basement deliver all the earthy energy they promise while the sun-drenched melodies of Rosey’s Tune and West Melbourne Sunset contrast with disarming lightness of touch….Michael Dwyer , The Age
Somewhat surprisingly, this is the great Andy Baylor’s first full blues album. Sure blues has been an integral part of everything Baylor has played from country to Cajun to western swing and jazz. But maybe it took a life-threatening illness (Baylor was recovering from chemotherapy whilst making this record) to turn Baylor’s full attention to the healing power of the blues.
Recorded with only small one or two-piece backing combos, featuring bassist Peter Beulke and drummers Harold Frith, Denis Close and Ian Kitney, Baylor has produced a compelling album of predominately original groove-driven blues. Baylor stops to pay tribute to some of his favourite artists-opening track “Everyday is a song” is dedicated to John Lee Hooker, ‘Nealin’ Down” to organ player Tim Neal, ‘Put Love Before Money” to J.B Lenoir and Caress me Baby’ an original take on a Jimmy Reed tune.
I don’t claim to be any expert on blues music, but I know the real thing when I feel it, and Baylor’s joy and pain leaps through every note and lyric on Blues Is Poetry. This isn’t a vehicle for pointless ostentation, nor an uptight exercise in retrospective accuracy-these are songs that Baylor has felt deeply and could not contain. There’s that old saying” playing as if your life depended on it”-maybe Baylor felt his really did. Either way, you wont find a more persuasive take on the blues this side of the Civil War…Martin Jones, Rhythms