Don't Mind The Rain

by Mike Garner

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jmelbourne One of the best Blues Albums you’ll find.

Treat yourself to some incredibly executed musicianship, production and toe tapping original music!

This just makes every ounce of your being ‘feel so good’!
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“New Zealand Bluesman Values Traditional Taste”
(by Masahiro Sumori; Blues & Soul Records, Japan)

This is Mike Garner the veteran New Zealand bluesman’s first new album in about four years. All the recordings were basically done in New Zealand but some additional overdubs of a few tracks recorded in Tokyo, which feature Japanese guests. It definitely gives a big appeal to this album.

The two Japanese musicians who joined Mike are Shun Kikuta (guitar) and Lee (piano), each of whom participated in 3 tracks. Track 1 is an upbeat good-time acoustic shuffle song with light and crisp drumming. The slide guitar is also soothing. In contrast, the tracks in which Shun Kikuta joined are all of a modern electric style, creating different moods. Particularly, Track 3, the title track, is a laid-back swing song, in which Kikuta’s BB King-like sweet-tone solos are quite impressive. Among the tracks featuring Lee’s boogie woogie piano, Track 4 is the funkiest one. With its well fitting background chorus, it is a fun track to listen to.

Garner’s emphasis upon the traditional essence of the blues sparks here and there across the album. Track 8, a traditional song originally written by Hattie Hudson, features his acoustic finger-picking arrangement style, which creates a folky atmosphere that reminds one of Mississippi John Hurt. It is just fantastic. Ragtime style Track 13, though its playing style sounds simple, is actually full of warm and relaxed flavor. This album really pulls you into his world of vibrant blues.
(by Masahiro Sumori; Blues & Soul Records)


released March 1, 2020


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Mike Garner Tauranga, New Zealand

Mike Garner is well versed in acoustic blues, ragtime, jug band, Americana and original songs on acoustic resonator guitars. He is also an experienced bandleader and vocalist, fronting a 5-piece electric blues band. He is influenced heavily by the old‐time Mississippi Delta sound, Chicago. ... more

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