Hans Theessink and Terry Evans – Visions (2008/2016)
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Genre: Blues | © Blue Groove
The combination of the sheer artistry of one of Europe’s finest purveyors of American roots music with the deep soul bluesy soulfulness of Terry Evans is a match made in blues heaven. Visions will delight even the most discerning hi-fi fan with a fantastic sonic experience. Guests: Richard Thompson, Bo Diddley. Nominated for the Blues Music Awards 2009.
„One of the year’s best acoustic outings.“ (Blues Revue)
„Highly recommended and well worth hunting down.“ (Living Blues)
„Less a summit meeting of two bluesmen from different continents than a cozy, loose musical conversation between friends who share similar interests, Visions is a low-key but poignant album whose charms grow stronger as it progresses. American soul/roots singer/songwriter Terry Evans is probably better known through his background singing for Ry Cooder and a few Cooder produced releases with fellow vocalist Bobby King than his impressive solo recordings. Hans Theessink, who is also a singing, songwriting guitarist (he blows harp here as well), hails from the Netherlands and is well known in Europe for a bulging collection of solo discs dating back to 1970. Both push the boundaries of soul, blues, gospel, and roots music and have worked extensively together in the past. This 2008 collaboration finds the duo joining with percussionist Phil Block and Richard Thompson (on electric guitar for two tracks) for a relaxed, predominately acoustic set of eclectic covers and a few older, rearranged catalog items from both men that sound almost unrehearsed in their natural spontaneity. Songs made famous by Bo Diddley (“You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover”), Fats Domino (“Let the Four Winds Blow”) and Wilson Pickett (“Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You”) nuzzle up to deeper blues selections from Memphis Slim and J.B. Lenoir for a stroll down memory lane that feels pretty close to what you’d hear if these two sat down on their back porch with a few beers without the tapes running. Theessink’s deep bass voice and Evans’ higher pitched gutsy soul/gospel tone make for surprisingly effective harmonies even though both are distinctive on their own. It’s a laid-back session, heavy on folksy soul/blues with “Dark End of the Street,” “Trouble in Mind,” and the chestnut “Glory of Love” (likely picked up by Theessink from Big Bill Broonzy’s version). Yet the combination of voices and originals mixed with oldies yields an unhurried vibe that’s contagious and flows with the easy rhythm of buddies with mutual respect having a blast playing together. While it’s not either artist’s best work and at times seems a little too casual, Visions is a thoroughly enjoyable project that fans of either Evans or Theessink will relish.“ (Hal Horowitz, AMG)
01 – Going Back Home
02 – Talk To Your Daughter
03 – Demons
04 – Mother Earth
05 – Come To The River
06 – You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover
07 – At The Dark End Of The Street
08 – Vicksburg Is My Home
09 – Got To Keep Moving
10 – Trouble In Mind
Hans Theessink – guitar
Terry Evans – guitar
Phil Bloch – percussion
Richard Thompson – electric guitar
Bo Diddley – speaker
Produced by Hans Theessink. Mastered by Lurssen Mastering, Los Angeles, CA.
Recorded and Mixed in 2007 at Grandma’s Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA.
Remastered in 2015.