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The Delta Jets - Chair Factory Blues  - Self Release 

By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker

14 songs; 46:37 minutes; Very Good

Hailing from Green Bay, Wisconsin, Dale Anderson has a 40 year career playing deep blues from the Delta. Starting with the folk music boom of the early 1960s, Anderson has competently developed his knowledge of this deep roots music and playing of resonator guitars in the style.  Dale's email is, a “dobro” being an early wooden bodied resonator guitar. For fans of the earliest blues on record, this is great stuff!

Being from Wisconsin has also made Anderson appreciative of the early 1930s recordings made by many musicians from Mississippi in Grafton and Port Washington, Wisconsin. This album by the Delta Jets, consisting of Anderson and drummer Mark Riggenbach, is dedicated to those musicians who recorded within the walls of the Wisconsin chair factories.

“Emulation” might be a better word than “dedication” as Anderson strives to make the music sound old timey. On “Walking Blues,” attributed to Son House 1930, Anderson sings in his gravelly voice, and the Delta Jets use a technique at the beginning that makes it sound like the listener is hearing an original 78 rpm record with accompanying hiss. What is timeless in the song is Anderson’s pure picking and harmonious slide on his dobro.

On some tracks like “Dust My Broom” by Robert Johnson, The Delta Jets use modern multi-tracking to create a sweeter version than possible in 1937. Anderson plays guitar, dobro, and bass beside Riggenbach’s drums to create a contemporary version with a couple of new hooks that still pays respectful homage to the original.

You’ll find 5 originals by Anderson along with tracks by the Mississippi Sheiks, Sylvester Weaver, Tommy Johnson, Muddy Waters, Bukka White, and Willie Brown.

With his mastery of the style, it may just be that Dale Anderson should have been born 40 years earlier.

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