Lurrie Bell Returns to His Electric Roots
Following 2012's acoustic effort, "The Devil Ain't Got No Music," Lurrie Bell has returned to his bread and butter, which is cranking out electric Chicago blues along with a full backing band. Producer Dick Shurman wisely pushes Bell's crisp, snapping lead guitar to the front of the mix on a set featuring well-chosen covers ("She's a Good 'Un," "Going Away Baby," "My Little Machine") and a handful of new originals. While it may not be quite a head-turning curveball like "The Devil Ain't Got No Music," "Blues in My Soul" offers the pleasurable experience of listening to a master do what he does best. This is right up there with the best material Lurrie Bell has ever recorded for the Delmark label. Fans of straight-up electric Chicago blues will want to snag this one for sure.