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At 66 years young, Milton Campbell can still get it done, both with his voice and his guitar. Welcome to Little Milton is one of those celebrities-meet-bluesman collaborations designed to give wider recognition to a deserving veteran artist. The album is named after a sign on the outskirts of an English hamlet that coincidentally bears Little Milton's name.
Despite all the big-name guests, Milton's star shines brightest here. Guests include Southern blues-rockers Government Mule, hip hoppers G. Love & Special Sauce, rocker Peter Wolf, blues up-and-comers Susan Tedeschi and Keb’ Mo’, plus roots stars Dave Alvin, Lucinda Williams and Delbert McClinton. Except for the ill-advised hip-hop track with G. Love & Special Sauce, all of the songs here are enjoyable, and a couple are outstanding.
With the Muscle Shoals Horns and a talented band of session players providing high-octane backup, Milton and friends deliver a slick but soulful reading of Southern blues, R&B and roots rock. Especially good is Milton’s duet with the talented Tedeschi on "Mother Earth." Tedeschi’s vocals are electrifying on this ageless song made famous by Magic Sam. Equally good is Roy Orbison’s classic "Love Hurts," performed with Lucinda Williams. Both singers inject the perfect dose of world-weary emotion into this pop standard. Another notable track is Milton’s lengthy collaboration with Government Mule on Willie Dixon’s slow-blues number "I Can’t Quit You Baby." The ever-adaptable Milton shows he could have made it as a Southern blues-rocker.
Although Milton's latest is not quite on a par with some of his vintage stuff, it’s still a welcome addition to any blues collection. Welcome may well inspire Little Milton neophytes to check out his early sides on Sun, Chess and Stax. For starters I recommend Sun Masters and Welcome to the Club.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com