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74-year-old Sam Frazier Jr. learned harmonica from the likes of Sonny Boy Williamson and Slim Harpo, both of whom used to attend his mother’s backyard barbecues in Edgewater, Alabama, near Birmingham. In a musical career that has lasted more than 50 years, he has played blues, soul and even country (he was Country Boy Eddie’s harmonica player for 13 years on a country music show on Birmingham television in the 1970s and 1980s). His latest release is a self-titled modern take on old time acoustic country blues.
Frazier himself handles the lead vocals and harmonica, with backing from husband and wife team Sam Gunderson and Sara Green on acoustic guitars and backing vocals. Jacob Thompson also adds sparse cymbals to “Honest I Do”.
This is a relatively short album, with the nine tracks just hitting the half hour mark and one of those tracks is a 24-second spoken word piece by Frazier entitled “Intro”. Of the remaining eight, there are two tracks attributed to Frazier, the William Harris-esque “Inherit The Blues” and “Little Milton Jam” (which features a chorus that is identical to Milton’s own “The Blues Is Alright”) together with two Sonny Boy Williamson classics (“Don’t Start Me To Talkin’” and “Nine Below Zero”). Jimmy Reed’s “Honest I Do” and Buster Brown’s 1960 hit, “Fannie Mae” are both given relatively faithful readings, albeit with acoustic backing.