Review of Clarence Edwards’ “Baton Rouge Downhome Blues” by Blues News No 320

The article in Blues News No 320 is a positive review of Wolf Records International’s new production titled “Baton Rouge Downhome Blues.” The article mentions Clarence Edwards, a blues musician who passed away suddenly at the age of 60 just as his career was taking off. Steve Coleridge, a British producer, is credited with bringing Edwards back into the spotlight and kick-starting his recording career. The article recommends Edwards’ debut CD, “Swamps The World,” which was released on Coleridge’s Sidetrack label and has been re-released by other labels.

The article notes that Edwards’ music was first recorded in the 1950s and 1960s by musicologist Harry Oster on field recordings in Louisiana. Edwards recorded with several record labels, and his music is still easily accessible. The article also mentions that Edwards had a long hiatus before becoming active again in the late 1980s.

The article describes “Baton Rouge Downhome Blues” as raw swamp blues recorded live in various venues in Texas, Missouri, Alabama, and California between 1990 and 1993. The basic lineup consists of Edwards on guitar and vocals, Coleridge on bass, and Ronnie Houston on drums. Several other musicians are featured on the album, including Harmonica Red, John Gradniko, Oscar Davis, Gina Forsyth, and Scott Shipman. The article praises the album’s informative booklet, which provides background information on the recordings and the musicians involved. Overall, the article is a positive review of the album and recommends it to fans of raw, unpolished blues music.