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Album Review

Four Chicago harmonica greats, one eminently solid album. Teamed with Junior Wells, Billy Branch, and Carey Bell, Cotton sings Willie Love's Delta classic "Little Car Blues" and Charles Brown's "Black Night." Wells trades harp solos and vocals, standing front and center on a fine rendition of Sonny Boy II's "Keep Your Hands Out of My Pockets" and the tailor-made "Somebody Changed the Lock" and "Broke and Hungry," obviously relishing the camaraderie between himself and his fellow harmonica giants. Meanwhile, Branch's showcases are the apt original "New Kid on the Block" and a deft cover of Little Walter's "Who."

Customer Reviews

Don't Miss this!

Four of the best blues harmonica players together on one album. "Down Home Blues" shows what can happen when all that talent hits just right. If you're a fan of Chicago blues, you MUST have this album!

Great Music, But....

This album, when listened to from start to finish is awesome. The individual tracks, however, are cut in such a way that the first ten seconds of track #2 are actually the last 10 seconds of track #1. This happens for all eleven tracks. So, if you want to listen to track #5, then you have to start listening to the last ten seconds of track #4.
Other than that, this is a great album by some pretty powerful players.

Fantastic Album with problems (Problems Corrected)

Love this album, but the tracks are cut wrong. 10 to 15 seconds of the first part of any track are in the last 10 to 15 seconds of the previous track. I'd really like to see this reissued so it can be re-downloaded with the corrected tracks. Really bummed it's this messed up.

Update: I reported the problem to iTunes support and they have now corrected the problems with the tracks. I have to say, it was a fantastic customer service experience. If you have problems with a purchase, don't just accept it. iTunes Support will do everything they can to try correcting the problem.


Born: October 3, 1951 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

In the '70s, harmonica man Billy Branch was one of the young upstarts helping to keep the Chicago blues sound alive; in the 21st century, he's matured into one of the Windy City's most venerable blues talents, and as a musician and educator, Branch has spread the word about the blues across the country and around the world. Branch has led the Sons of Blues, his backing band, since the mid-'70s, and despite numerous personnel changes, the SOBs have never wavered in their dedication to pure, unadulterated...
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