Monday, January 5, 2015

Monster Mike Welch -- "My Emptiness"

Oh my goodness! I've started the draft for this post on January 5. Ever since, I've been trying to finish it.
Hubby and I "enjoyed" the last of the holiday leftovers while listening to an online blues station. As always we were discussing the events of the day when my ears suddenly pricked up -- out of the blue, I was mesmerized by the guitar that played in the background. The song, My Emptiness by Mike Welch, had us both pause and listen ... This is the blues I love: capable of soothing and exciting me at the same time.
So, after dinner I went straight to my computer, rummaging my library for more of the addictive stuff. And I came up with a playlist I wanted to post. I even managed to upload 6 of the 9 titles. And then, life got in the way again ...

So, for now, I will at least post the title that has inspired this post. The singing is not very impressive, I admit. But the guitar is.
"... [T]his young monster guitar player is one of the greatest blues talents, today. His style is already distinctive, and he can easily compete with elder contemporaries like Kubek etc. Good album." (amazon editorial review)

Boston-area blues man, Mike Welch, recorded this gem when he was 17. His incredible skill as  a blues guitarist at such a young age earned him the nick name "Monster." (It is said that Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd is responsible for the monicker.) Welch dropped the "Monster" from his name, however, after his second album. 

"Welch’s releases for Tone-Cool, which essentially launched his career as an international touring act, include a 1996 release, These Blues Are Mine, and his 1997 album Axe to Grind.
He began his blues education with his father’s record collection, and he picked up the guitar at age eight and tried to emulate the sounds he heard from recordings by Magic Sam, Earl Hooker and B.B. King. Welch also studied the rock & roll and blues-rock records of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, but after hearing more of Albert King and other blues guitarists, he found his calling in life. " (More info at ArtistWiki)

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