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Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater: Reservation Blues

Ageless wonder Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater is still bristling with robust energy, as he demonstrates with typical authority on Reservation Blues. Produced by Duke Robillard, the Chief’s latest ranges from protorockers, like Dale Hawkins’ classic “Susie Q,” Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Rock and Roller” and his own signature number “I Wouldn’t Lay My Guitar Down,” to down-home bluesy originals, like “Easy Baby,” “Running Along,” “Find Yourself,” which features a fine guest appearance by harmonica ace Carey Bell, and the mournful title track. The Chief spars playfully with Robillard on the laid-back instrumental “Blues Cruise” and he takes an optimistic outlook in the face of adversity on “Everything to Gain.” Another solid and soulful offering (polished to a sheen by Robillard) from the blues vet.

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