Bad Temper Joe - Glitter & Blues (CD)
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When it comes to blues in Germany, there's no getting around Bad Temper Joe. The grumpy blues bard from provincial East Westphalia has developed into an absolute exception in the blues scene in recent years. This is not only evidenced by the large number of albums with songs that are as rough as they are haunting, which BTJ has released in the meantime. The nominations for various blues awards and the German Record Critics' Prize also testify to this. With devotion to the old bluesers from the Mississippi Delta, Bad Temper Joe easily transports the blues, which has often been declared dead, into the 21st century - and with everything that characterizes blues at the highest level: excellent songwriting, a pronounced sense of tradition, engaging performance. BTJ is also making waves internationally. In 2020 he was the only European act to assert himself in the finals of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, USA. The British Blues Matters Magazine judged logically:
„It’s hard to believe that the sounds of the Mississippi-Delta have relocated to Germany, but they have.”
With his new album "Glitter & Blues", the native of Bielefeld now presents a milestone in his musical development. Not only is the album characterized by BTJ's composing that has matured over the years. The twelve, mostly gently rhythmic, excellently recorded new pieces also show how intensively Bad Temper Joe deals with the traditions of blues, country and folk for his art. He dives deep into the history of music in order to transform what he finds there and to put his very own stamp on it. True to the motto: "You can't conquer the world if there's nothing left to conquer." The blues doesn't have to be reinvented.
He exudes his charm best when played the way BTJ celebrates it on "Glitter & Blues": simple, honest, not too serious. In lamentations like "Fountain of Weakness" the musician knows how to translate depression into lyrics and music. "Two Trains (Runnin' Different Ways)" takes up the traditional image of the moving train without falling into clichés. The piece is a nod to the greats of the game, BTJ's heroes: Muddy Waters, Robert Wilkins, Elizabeth Cotton, Big Bill Broonzy. But despite all the crushing heaviness and grumpiness that characterize the blues bard's appearance, "Glitter & Blues" also shows another side of BTJ: In songs that not only elicit a smile from the listener, but also from the otherwise cool, grumpy musician . While Bad Temper moves Joe to tears in the ballad-like epic "Cold Feet", the exhilarating "Pink Panther" and the carefree "This Time Last Night" make you want to dance. The blissful country track "All Over Again" has potential as a catchy tune. With the title track "Glitter & Blues", which is characterized by calm, deep vocals, BTJ shows just as with the growling-humorous "If TheseWalls Could Talk" what possibilities the mostly simple-looking traditional blues forms offer - and what power and intensity is in them.
The Osnabrück record label Timezone will release Bad Temper Joe's eighth studio album "Glitter & Blues" on November 25th, 2022 on CD and on all digital platforms as well as in spring 2023 as a long player on 12" vinyl. The album is an absolute must for connoisseurs and lovers of the grumpy bard’s genre and discography, but also for those who are curious and discoverers. "Glitter & Blues" should not be missing from any well-assorted collection and belongs on every blues-affine turntable.
01 Glitter & Blues
02 Cold Feet
03 Pink Panther
04 Long Gone Friend Blues
05 She’s Got A Hold On Me
06 Travel Light
07 All Over Again
08 Fountain Of Weakness
09 Two Trains (Runnin’ Different Ways)
10 If These Walls Could Talk
11 This Time Last Night
12 Who Are You