Old School Blues
Album Review Al Hensley, Rhythms magazine Sept/Oct 2016
Punctuated by his accomplished playing on resonator guitar, mandolin and rack harmonica, Victorian singer-songwriter Dave Diprose’s new release follows a similar trajectory as his 2009 Delta Blues Odyssey Train Don’t Run. The artist’s passion for pre-war country blues and songster ballads is reflected in his original compositions, six of which here share space with evergreens by Charley Patton, Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon and Blind Willie Johnson. Eschewing assumed gravelly tones in favour of natural vocal intonations, Diprose’s voice clearly conveys the messages in his songs. He performs in solo, duo and ensemble modes. Noted blues harp player Ian Collard and hot six-stringer Lloyd Spiegel making cameo appearances amoung other session guests. As long as there are dedicated blues troubadours such as Diprose carrying on this centry-old music tradition, it will continue to not only survive, but flourish.