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  • Personnel: Dan Treanor (acoustic guitar, dobro, bamboo flute, harmonica, keyboards, drum programming, sequencer); Dan Treanor (flute, bass instrument, percussion, programming); Frankie Lee (vocals); Sammy Mayfield (guitar, background vocals); Davy Henderson (electric guitar, acoustic slide guitar, lap steel guitar); Tony Arceneaux (flute); R.D. Jones (bass instrument); Gary Flori (drums, snare drum, congas, djembe, shaker, surdo, turntables); Gary Flori (drums, djembe, surdo, percussion); Tom Quinn, Tom Quinn (drums); Reuben Flores (percussion); David Booker (background vocals).
  • Additional personnel: Erica Brown (vocals); Sammy Mayfield, Tony Arceneaux.
  • Audio Mixers: Dan Treanor; Gary Flori.
  • Liner Note Author: Dan Treanor.
  • Recording information: Soundstream Studio; Spider Haven Studio.
  • Photographer: Frankie Lee.
  • This collaboration between soul singer Frankie Lee and multi-instrumentalist bluesman Dan Treanor definitely utilizes some African elements, but the title might be an exaggeration. At heart it's very much a straightforward (and excellent) blues record. Of course, the blues does have its roots in African music, but they're not as widely explored as they might be. "African Wind" comes closest, with kalimba (and Lee doing his best Taj Mahal imitation), and "Cane Flute Soul" brings in fife and drum -- again, originally from West Africa, but really more familiar from Mississippi hill country. "The Griot" pays tribute to the African historian storyteller and historian, but with very American style. That said, Treanor does use ngoni and khalam (although it's hard to hear the former). But don't come looking for the kind of African-American connection you'll find in, say Ali Farka Toure; it's not there and doesn't pretend to be. In spite of Treanor's instrumental abilities, it's Lee who's the star of the show here, with a big, broad voice that's perfectly at home in the blues, whether on the acoustic "Tell Me Mama" or the fast shuffle of "Who's Playing Who." He's a talent who deserves much broader exposure, and if there's any justice, he'll get it from this. ~ Chris Nickson
Professional Reviews
Dirty Linen (p.51) - "[I]ntoxicating....The originally brewed arrangements blend African hand percussion and stringed instrumentation with a more contemporary, electrified blues arsenal."

Living Blues (pp.42-3) - "Dan Treanor is an immensely talented multi-instrumentalist....One of the most innovative blues releases in a long time."
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