Great modern Country Blues: Mr Hokum’s Gondola Blues
I’m looking forward seeing Mr. Hokum perform his country and piedmont blues live on stage in my local bar café De Bel. I expect the tapping on the tables would begin after a few seconds while we would listen to songs like ‘Steam Engine Train’ and ‘Frankie’. Waking up this morning with Mr Hokum’s the ‘Gondola Blues’ and ‘Blake’s Rag’ I had an impression of the work of this New Orleans musician in a few minutes. It was enough to just kept listening all day.
Finger-style Country blues guitarist
Jason Lawrence from New Orleans is also known as Mr Hokum a finger-style country blues guitarist you might also know as a member of bands like The Hokum High Rollers or The Loose Marbles. Gondola Blues is the first solo album of Lawrence. I absolute recommend listening to this album. Find it here..
Mr. Hokum will remind you of Blind Blake, Blind Willie Mc Tell, Mississippi John Hurt and Jesse and Bind Boy Fuller. It is the Folk, the Ragtime, The Country blues that run through Mr Hokum and his music. The music is digging deeper, it digs good.
The Hokum High Rollers
With the Hokum High Rollers you will discover a more Jazzy, Swinging and Western style of blues music. Here and there you will find the Cajun and Bluegrass inspiration of this band. The High Rollers explain their history easily: “Hokum’ has been honing there craft on the streets of the French Quarter to smoky bars, festival stage, private events, vaudeville showcases and everything in between since 2011”
I really like the diversity of this band one song is built around the banjo or the violins, “Dallas Rag”. Other songs are sang by different vocalists “Any Kind of Man”. The next song could easily be a Punk or Rock ´n Roll song “She’s Totin Something Good”. Hope you feel it, it is diversity. Every song is different but there is a juicy country blues flavor around it.