Bottleneck John All Around Man on Hybrid SACD
"The Van Gogh of European bluesmen" - Blues Matters Magazine
All Around Man is the debut album from celebrated Swedish blues artist Bottleneck John on Opus 3 Records. Comprised of 14 Mississippi-blues inspired songs including covers of material by Tom Waits ("Jesus Gonna Be Here,") Robert Johnson ("Come On In My Kitchen") and Hudson Whittaker ("No Matter How She Done It") along with a version of Whitesnake's "Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues" for good measure.
"Back in the summer of 1999 I first heard Eric Bibb’s album “Spirit & The Blues”, released on Opus 3 Records, and it totally and utterly changed the way I look upon and perform music. Everything I did turned acoustic and I’ve stayed in the acoustic blues realm ever since. I’d been singing the blues for a long time in electric settings and for me something illusive was missing. When I listened and searched back through the years I found my musical home in the old recordings from the late 1920’s and early 30’s. The heart of my music is the genuine tone of resonator guitars, I just love the mechanically amplified sound.
"Being a recording artist on the Opus 3 Records label is something I’m extremely happy, thankful and proud about. From the first time Jan-Eric Persson and I met to discuss this album we got along really well. And as we both are profoundly interested in the history of the music and the various instruments that you’ll hear on this record, there’ll be a lot of info and photo’s showing guitars in this booklet.
"I’ve been collecting and repairing old instruments for many years and to be able to bring some of them to the studio and let them be heard is a good feeling for me. When I play an old instrument for the first time I use to think about who played it the last time and when was it. Everytime I discover a vintage instrument it thrills me to find out how much built in 'Mojo' it has. I experience that the years and 'mileage' leave traces from the past in tone and feel." - Bottleneck John
"Quite simply, this is a killer blues album!" - Kari Nevalainen, Inner Audio Magazine
Bottleneck John: Voice, 6 & 12-str. Resonator & Acoustic Guitars, Banjo, Mandolin, Electric guitar, Foot Stomp & Kazoo
Mattias Nordqvist: Grand Piano, Hammond Organ & Wurlitzer
Kent Ögren: Resonator & Double Bass
Lars Åstrand: Mandolin & Fiddle
Mattias Olofsson: Percussion
Stefan Swén: Harmonica
Karl Eneland: Tuba
Patrik Idell: Guitars
Bottleneck John All Around Man Track Listing:
1. Lonesome Valley
2. Come On In My Kitchen
3. No Matter How She Done It
4. Autumn Rime
5. Do You Call That A Buddy?
6. Jesus Gonna Be Here
7. Out Of The Rain
8. All Around Man
9. Walking IN The Shadow Of The Blues
11. How Long, How Long Blues
12. Only A Woman
13. You Can't Get That Stuff No More
14. Wade In The Water