Hungry Mother Blues by Phil Cook & His Feat on Apple Music

8 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

As a member of the adventurous trio Megafaun, Phil Cook and bandmates plumb the depths of American folk and come up with new interpretations of the form. On Hungry Mother Blues Cook sticks to the stripped-down basics, giving Megafaun fans the chance to hear what the band’s ideas probably sound like before being deconstructed in inventive ways. These eight country-blues instrumentals are performed on acoustic guitar, dobro, and banjo with a smattering of harmonica and percussion for texture. Melodically rich and immediate in their impact the performances are relaxed yet passionate, from the breezy “Frazee, Minnesota” and “Sparrowander” to the banjo-driven groove of “Waiting ‘round The Oven Buns” to the soulful “Lament and Lullaby (For the Sloane Sisters).” “Ballad of a Hungry Mother,” the longest cut and the heart of the album, rides a memorable finger-picked slide guitar melody to create something transcendent and powerful. There is so much to savor over the course of just 20 minutes that you can play Hungry Mother Blues numerous times and discover new touches with each listen.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As a member of the adventurous trio Megafaun, Phil Cook and bandmates plumb the depths of American folk and come up with new interpretations of the form. On Hungry Mother Blues Cook sticks to the stripped-down basics, giving Megafaun fans the chance to hear what the band’s ideas probably sound like before being deconstructed in inventive ways. These eight country-blues instrumentals are performed on acoustic guitar, dobro, and banjo with a smattering of harmonica and percussion for texture. Melodically rich and immediate in their impact the performances are relaxed yet passionate, from the breezy “Frazee, Minnesota” and “Sparrowander” to the banjo-driven groove of “Waiting ‘round The Oven Buns” to the soulful “Lament and Lullaby (For the Sloane Sisters).” “Ballad of a Hungry Mother,” the longest cut and the heart of the album, rides a memorable finger-picked slide guitar melody to create something transcendent and powerful. There is so much to savor over the course of just 20 minutes that you can play Hungry Mother Blues numerous times and discover new touches with each listen.

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