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Sean Carney / Press

“Rave reviews, praising the singer-guitar player from Columbus, Ohio, had reached us beforehand, but he and his terrific rhythm section even surpassed these sky high expectations. The young man, still only 35, has been playing for ages, or so it seems. The man simply has it all: he is a gifted, stylistically consistent guitar player who's absorbed the old style blues, swing, jump & jive, jazz, not forgetting the shuffle, let's say, everything between Robert Lockwood, Jimmy Witherspoon and Willie Dixon, a pond wherein the great Duke Robillard also likes to fish nowadays. Carney is a good singer, but most of all a source of endless energy, having excellent communication throughout with his audience. The man has the capacity to build up tension by taking out tempo and volume in the middle section of a song, to continue almost whispering, forcing the people to listen... He even unplugs for a while... Just to finally let the song explode in an orgy of wonderfully creamy guitar chords.”

Antoine Legat - Bobtje Blues

“Two weeks after the band took 1st place in the '23rd International Blues Challenge' in Memphis, the world's most popular blues talent show, Sean Carney and his band recorded this fine live album in Canada. Originally from Ohio, Carney has paid his dues. In his young days he organized blues shows for touring blues legends. Later he played with local stars like Christine Kittrell (watch out for a forthcoming CD on Bear Family Records!), Big Joe Duskin or Joe Weaver. The band sounds great, performing a rather traditional blend of electric blues styles. Memories of the late seventies are coming to my mind, like the early records by Sugar Ray & The Bluetones (feat. a young Ronnie Earl), or even the T-Bird before they became popular. This is cool stuff. Great performance, no revolution in blues; no trash, punk, or rock. Straight and solid grooving blues sounds. And he's a pretty good singer, too. Recommended for all fans of honest and pure electric guitar blues.”

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