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Bill Sheffield: Journal on a Shelf

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A fingerstyle acoustic guitar player with a country blues bent, Atlanta-based Bill Sheffield switches gears from Delta to Piedmont stylings on this collection of originals and one notable cover (Tom Waits’ “Invitation to the Blues”). On the sprightly opener “Cherry Blossom Time” and the toe-tapping, ragtimey “New Tattoo,” he reveals a Blind Blake influence in his refined finger-picking, while his raucous slide guitar work on “Black Bottom” has him dipping into a Son House bag.

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