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by Steve James and Del Rey

American vernacular guitar-playing, have joined forces to make Guitar music testament to the hillbilly/smarty-pants/country blues aesthetic.
Genre: Blues: Finger-Picked Guitar
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Nadine
3:27 album only
2. Baltimore
2:56 album only
3. Precious Five
3:52 album only
4. Tappin That Thing
2:24 album only
5. Truck Driver's Roll
2:56 album only
6. Changette
2:25 album only
7. I Love My Guitar
2:45 album only
8. Alta Vista Serenade
2:24 album only
9. As Long As I Can See You Smile
2:38 album only
10. I'm Sailing
3:06 album only
11. Black Stick
2:42 album only
12. Josie Bush
2:46 album only
13. The Real Guitar Rag
5:25 album only
14. Little Baby
3:36 album only


Album Notes
Steve James, songsmith and bottleneck guitarist from Austin Texas, is "a true Americana hero...his intensity and focus always reminds me of James Coburn's character in the Magnificent Seven"(Third Coast Magazine).

Del Rey, from Seattle Washington, is a complex, pianistic guitarist, described as "a combination of Bo Carter and the Andrews Sisters"(Observant Fan).

These two powerful exponents of American vernacular guitar-playing, have joined forces to make music testament to the hillbilly/smarty-pants/country blues aesthetic. Sharing a sense of humor and a similar manic intensity, their duets are smart, funny and full of instrumental virtuosity. Del Rey doubles on resonator ukulele and Steve James is known for his "noble savage" mandolin style.

Longtime colleagues and collaborators at festivals and workshops worldwide, they met in 1992 in Santa Cruz,. Their friendship developed over many years in different places around the world, as they exchanged stories and hot tips in various hotel bars. They kept running into one another, sharing double-bills in Belgium, at the Gloucester Blues Festival in England, until 2001, at the Port Townsend Country Blues Workshop they got serious about playing and recording together. Audiences and critics have responded so favorably that they've been spending the majority of their time on the road playing as a duet.

With nine solo albums between them, they have recorded a two cds together, "Tonight" (2004) and "Twins" (2002).They have enjoyed critical acclaim for their work with singer Maria Muldaur as well. They channel Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe (plus Joe's mandolin playing brother, Charlie McCoy) on her 2005 release "Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul". Recent shows include King Biscuit Blues Festival. Merlefest, Waterfront Blues Festival and A Prairie Home Companion.

"Their inventive chops are jaw-dropping and amazing, and they both pay healthy respects to the masters of old without losing their collective musical identities, which embrace a host of old-time genres" (Bruce Willey, Santa Cruz Good Times)

"Whoever has had anything to do with acoustic blues over the last 20 years, must have come across the names of Steve James and Del Rey... Concerts by this duo are, of course, unforgettable affairs, simply because these people are human and know what they're singing about and how to sing it. No studio tricks, no production grand-standing: it's more like what you hear is what you get." ( Rootstown, Belgium)

"...they sound so natural and authentic that this recording sometimes seems like a time machine." (Pacific Sun review of "Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul".)



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Paul Dawson

Great album, Steve and Del Rey both bring amazing talent to the table.
After looking almost everywhere for this album, I had built a great amount of anticipation. After recieving it I was NOT dissappointed. It is quite simply wonderful. The talent is amazing and the song layouts/selection is perfect. I love every song on this album and would recommend it to anyone who likes old-accustic-rag-style blues.


Like it very much. A friend in Spain plays the mandolin and asked me to translate the words. Can you tell us who Jack Rachel is?


Fantastic disc. Changed my life!
Best guitar music I have ever heard