When we are met with the abject Blues failures of fail-safe luminaries like Eric Clapton and Cyndi Lauper — getting a fresh breath of the Blues with 16-year-old Andy Poxon — is just the tonic we need to keep on skiffling.
Unfortunately, the first thing you notice about Andy is that frightful red Afro — you know he’s combing out that way on purpose for shock value and to help you remember him — we’ll hold thumbs that as Andy matures he’ll realize he can rely on the authenticity of his fingers and not on the gimmickry of his hair to wend his way in The Blues.
Once you get past the hair and into the music, Andy Poxon shines.
He wrote 13 songs for his debut album — Red Roots — and you can buy it right now on iTunes for $10.00USD.
Andy composed the songs when he was 15 and in high school. He’s a triple threat. He writes. He sings. He plays a mean Blues guitar.
Favorites songs on the album include “Quitters Never Lose” and “I Need My Girl” and “Is There Anything I can Do.” The guitar playing on those three cuts is especially warm and conjunctive.
Here’s my iTunes Ping stream to prove that I actually bought Andy’s album and to show you that “Red Roots” now has a permanent home in my Blues Playlist folder.
I like Andy Poxon a lot and I sure hope he releases lots of new Blues albums — including classic Blues covers with his magnetic spin on them — so I can continue to learn from him just how to play and sing and compose music that make a difference and never a mediocrity.