Why A Woman Gets The Blues

by Mike Garner

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    2011
    A collection of mostly original songs ranging across a variety of styles. Features guest appearances by Richard Anaru on guitar and Liam Ryan on keyboards. Mastered by Mike Gibson at Munki Studios, Wellington, New Zealand

    "Why A Woman Gets The Blues" shows that Mike Garner is a very talented musician. It is a collection of songs, all played with aplomb, regardless of whether delivered solo (guitar/harp) or with the band. The UK's loss has definitely been NZ's gain! Rating 8.

    • Gordon Baxter, Blues in Britain

    Garner is playing mostly solo on this CD, and is wonderfully supported by guest musicians, such as Liam Ryan on the piano, as demonstrated on title song, a sublime interweaving of tango rhythm and Mike's slide guitar. The man's talents may be fully heard on the closing instrumental "Elegiac Blues'. Resonator, banjo, mandolin and slide are all there in this fine slow blues. This is an inviting album that will surely make you look forward to hearing more work by the man. Mike Garner is a fascinating artist that you absolutely must discover.

    • Blusyluc, Rootstime, Belgium

    A very tasty cover of the Jagger/Richards classic 'Honky Tonk Women' is so far removed from the original to be almost a new song but of course balanced with those oh so familiar lyrics making this a highlight on an already fine body of work. So apparently this is album number six from Mike enjoy this and go search out the others via the Internet.

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Rootstime, Belgium, review:

We keep getting surprises this year. Now we've got a CD from New Zealand. Mike Garner is the artist, and apparently "Why A Woman Get's The Blues" is already his sixth album. Unknown is unloved and that's certainly the case with this musician and music in general from over there. But if this is a sample of NZ blues, so far from here, I'm very curious about other NZ musicians or, better yet, as a first step to finding earlier releases from Mike Garner. This is simply an excellent album.

Besides a highly original cover of the Stones' world famous number "Honky Tonk Women" there are a variety of styles and songs to listen to, almost all equally fascinating. The number from Jagger/Richards deviates so far from the original that it can almost be called a new song, were it not for the immortal chorus and recognizable lyrics, of course. Another great cover is Howling Wolf's "You Gonna Wreck My Life" with Mike playing brilliantly on resonator guitar.

Garner is playing mostly solo on this CD, and is wonderfully supported by guest musicians, such as Liam Ryan on the piano, as demonstrated on title song, a sublime interweaving of tango rhythm and Mike's slide guitar. The man's talents may be fully heard on the closing instrumental "Elegiac Blues'. Resonator, banjo, mandolin and slide are all there in this fine slow blues. The man is also a solid harmonica player on Tony Joe White's most delicious just "Cool Town Woman" which is not to be missed.

Besides the three mentioned covers there are eight self written songs amazingly well connected to each other. Despite the variety of styles, this release is smooth to listen to. This is an inviting album that will surely make you look forward to hearing more work by the man. Mike Garner is a fascinating artist that you absolutely must discover.

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released April 1, 2011

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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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