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Elliott Sharp's Blues

Nov 9, 2012

Last year I had a wonderful conversation with guitarist Elliott Sharp, which was featured in a podcast (click here to listen in – the very loquacious Sharp makes it worth your time). Sharp’s musical talents are immense, and he plays different genres of music with equal expertise.

Elliott Sharp's Terraplane is the name of his blues-based band, which somehow manages to successfully merge Delta and Country blues with everything from avant-garde jazz to groove-based rock. The band includes vocalists Eric Mingus and Tracie Morris; Alex Harding and  Terry Greene on horns; bassist Dave Hofstra; and drummer Don McKenzie  Sharp plays his various electric and acoustic guitars, replete with special effects,  and adds lap steel. for authenticity.

The band’s latest CD is Sky Road Songs, and it stands as the last session in which the great Hubert Sumlin participated before his death. "Hubert was one of the sweetest guys on the planet, as well as a brilliant and visionary guitarist. He was one of the first to really make the electric guitar speak. He would provide commentary for [Howlin'] Wolf with guttural sounds, strange kind of swoops — very modern, very timeless,” Sharp said.

The material runs from straight-ahead blues via Jimi Hendrix on "Down on the Block" to the shifting rhythms and crying guitars of "Banking Blues". "Off My Mind" starts like a turn of the century field recording, and then morphs into a very 21st century take on the blues, replete with twisting, wailing horns.

If you are in the New York area this weekend, there is a chance to see this band in the wonderful small environment of Joe’s Pub. Elliott Sharp's Terraplane will play one set only on November 11, 2012 at 9:30 PM . Admission price is $20.00.