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Jake Chisholm plays big slabs of blues and soul

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Ever since the Sheepdogs started making ’70s rock and roll cool again, with their  neo-’70s style of riff rock, a lot of musicians have been following suit. Toronto bluesman Jake Chisholm is one of them on his new CD “Diamond in A Coal Mine.” And that’s all right by me.
 His new CD “Diamond In A Coal Mine” is nine slabs of beautiful, beefy, groovy  southern fried riff rock, slide guitar and bluesy vocals, which the likes of Led Zeppelin made famous.
 Everything about it  is big — big riffs, big voice and a big groove.

 He combines big riffs  Click here to hear Jake Chisholmon with a big soulful voice on the first track “I’m Gonna Let You Be.” He adds a touch of Black Sabbath to menacing yet subtle slide guitar and his massive voice on “Let’s Do It Again.”
A hot, rocking cover of “Traveling Riverside Blues”  makes the blues classic his own. There is still a lot of spooky slide, but  amplified. The sinister slide guitar comes right out of the Delta, while Chisholm’s voice comes right out of  world of Jimi Hendrix as does some of his rhythm playing like on “Don’t Take It So Hard.”
“That’s All They Could See reflects  Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady.”

“Blood Red Sun” wouldn’t be out of place on an old Foghat or Edgar Winter Group album.

 He slows things down on the tender title track “Diamond in A Coal Mine.”

 He also  revamps Young Rascals  ’60s song “You’d Better Run.”
 The CD ends on another slower, Hendrixy  note, “When Love Goes Wrong,” which is reminiscent of Hendrix’s ”Hey Joe.”
“Diamond in a Coal Mine” is definitely a rock solid effort, which shines, shines, shines.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

 Artist: Jake Chisholm
 CD: Diamond in a Coal Mine
Genre: blues/rock

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