Anyone who has been around Lethbridge’s music scene knows Daryll Düus has a way with a guitar and howls like Howlin’ Wolf did back in the day.
So it is great to hear a brand new CD from him.
“Oilite,” is eleven tracks of upbeat, gritty bluesy goodness, which sounds like you are at one of his high energy gigs.The CD begins with blues classic “Boot Hill,” which has always been a highlight of his show thanks to the screeching, Hound Dog Taylor style slide guitar.
The rest of the CD consists of exceptional originals.
The hook heavy “Burning In Effigy” is one of my immediate favourites. The opening guitar lick is hot and the chorus is addictive.
Düus and his band including Steve Harris, Taylor Ackerman and Tyler Bird, slow things down a lot on the fourth track “Listen Up,” which features some very tasteful slow blues leads.
“ Since You’ve been Gone ,” is a mid-tempo blues rocker reminiscent of blues classic “Bring It On Home.”
The humourous and rockabilly flavoured “Oilite,” punctuated by Düus’ gravelly “cha cha cha” gets a reworking on the CD as he has been playing it for while and recorded it for his previous CD.
“Eyes In The Back of My Head,” is another highlight featuring a catchy riff and some understated wah wah guitar playing with just a touch of funk and roll added.
They end on a sprightly note on “Rock Bottom Boogie,” featuring more catchy guitar and tasteful solos.