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Yes, it’s traditional. And simple, with that telling “deceptively” qualifier. Joshua Howell lays down a lazy bottleneck riff on his 1931 National steel-bodied guitar – a Duolian resonator model favored by the likes of Son House and Bukka White. Pete Devine adds seemingly random brush strokes at first. Josh’s vocal is laconic and understated – no “shouting the blues” here. Lyrics about dark clouds, hoboing, and “my baby” aren’t even of this millennia, let alone forward-thinking. He kicks into a hypnotic groove in the manner of the song’s composer, Fred McDowell, with Pete rolling into a steady rhythm as Joe Kyle, Jr., plucks his upright bass, alternately grabbing his bow to make the bass growl. Sure, it’s the blues, but it’s also a study in dynamics, of theme and variation.
Labeling art is always fallible, which is maybe why HowellDevine calls its style simply “shack-shaking music” – as apt a description as any. Hitting “play” for Strange Times Blues is a guarantee your apartment, shack, or mansion will be shaking in no time. Mine hasn’t stopped.”