Half Speed Mastered 180g 45RPM 2LP-Set from Reference Recordings
Professin' The Blues proclaims Fiona Boyes' passion for the blues as she celebrates the unique contribution of recording and mastering engineer ‘Professor' Keith O. Johnson, Reference Recording's Technical Director and audio legend. In her self-penned and illustrated liner notes Fiona makes the declaration, "Professor Keith's amazing approach to capturing sounds, mostly with his own hand built equipment, is nothing short of sonic alchemy."
Australian blues guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Fiona Boyes has been recording and performing for more than 25 years, building a career that has taken her to major festivals and stages around the world. A veteran recording artist with 13 releases, she has received 7 Blues Music Award nominations in 4 different categories from the Blues Foundation in Memphis, more than 30 Australian music awards, worldwide accolades and legions of supporters. She has 2 BMA nominations in 2017; Best Acoustic Album for Professin' The Blues and for Best Acoustic Artist. Fiona's immersion in the rich musical and historical traditions that make up the blues lend conviction and authenticity to both her guitar-work and songwriting. Her abundant talent, artistic sincerity and musical integrity are a beacon.
In solo, duo and trio settings, Fiona presents 16 tunes (14 originals and 2 covers), employing a traditional acoustic guitar, two different metal body resonators and a unique 4-string cigar box guitar. Joining her are two highly respected instrumentalist; drummer Jimi Bott and bassist Denny Croy. Recorded at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, California, Professin' The Blues, like all of ‘Prof.' Johnson sessions, was recorded live, in real-time, with no separate tracks, overdubs, or effects and was co-produced by Fiona Boyes and Janice Mancuso.
"Boyes has a strong, searching voice and tackles a variety of blues genres without missing a beat, skipping lightly from a strong Texan, Lightnin' Hopkins opener through ragtime rhythmic drive and reggae-inspired numbers that also include light jazz touches and some absolutely top quality fretwork. This is an album that is immediately gripping from the very off and hi-lights Boyes' own song-writing strengths, with only two covers in the mix, one being the ever-popular "Baby Please Don't Go." – Iain Patience, Rhythms
• 180g 45rpm 2LP-set from Reference Recordings
• Half speed mastered
• A 'Prof' Johnson Recording
• Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
• Deluxe gatefold jacket