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Paul Rishell and Annie Raines - A Night In Woodstock

A Night In Woodstock

Paul Rishell and Annie Raines

Mojo Rodeo Records - MOJR1950)

Available from Paul & Annie's online store.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Tampa Blue
(tampablue AT tampablue.com)

"Let's have a warm Woodstock welcome for Paul Rishell and Annie Raines" is also the perfect way for anyone for anyone to meet this dynamic duo!

These guys are the poster child for under appreciated blues musicians. Well known in the blues community and enjoying some strong regional popularity they have yet to achieve the recognition they deserve. Hopefully, A Night In Woodstock will help them gain wider popularity.

This is a great collection of music that includes traditional, contemporary and original material from a small live performance in 2005. Along with their band Rishell and Raines are assisted on this effort by John Sebastian and Bruce Katz and offer up several shades of blue with quality that ranges from great to spectacular.

Shuffles and struts, more than a casual nod to the jug bands and basic come to Jesus joy exude from this CD. The best pieces show up in the first four tracks. Blind Boy Fuller is sure to be blessing their Custard Pie, Johnny Winter must feel fine about their handling of Dallas, and Annie made a believer of me with Got To Fly. But their version of Tommy Johnson's Canned Heat Blues is the best I've heard since Johnson's original!

Hands down this is a great collection of tunes. If you already know these guys you need to add this to your library. If you don't already know them, you should and this is one hell of A Night In Woodstock!

Track List:

  • Custard Pie (Blind Boy Fuller)
  • Canned Heat Blues (Tommy Johnson)
  • Dallas (Johnny Winter)
  • Got To Fly (Raines/Rishell)
  • Medley: It'll Be Me (Clement) / I'll Be Looking For You (Rishell)
  • Old Man Mose (Louis Armstrong)
  • Blues On A Holiday (Paul Rishell)
  • Can't Use It No More (Rishell/Raines)
  • I'm A Lover Not A Fighter (J.D. Miller)
  • Moving To The Country (Rishell/Raines)
  • Bad Credit (Jerry McCain)
  • Blue Shadows (Lloyd Glenn)
  • Orange Dude Blues (Raines/Rishell/Sebastian)

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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