Sawdust Man CD
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Sawdust Man (2018) CD
(All songs written and performed by
Trevor Babajack Steger)
1. Sawdust Man
2. Runaway Train
3. Black Dog
4. River Song
5. Red Boots
6. Cat Scratch Fever
7. Been So Long
8. Stranger in the Hall
9. Something on my mind
10. Went out walking
Trevor Steger puts teeth in the blues with Sawdust Man
Review, Sawdust Man, Trevor 'Babajack' Steger,
Liz Aitken, Blues Doodles
Perhaps best known as a founder member of Babajack, Trevor Steger has released a new solo album called Sawdust Man. The album title reflects his music and his other prodigious talent turning wood into beautiful objects including his bespoke Winebox guitars. We can all cheer up now though, as Trevor Babajack Steger with only his guitar, harp, voice and a stompbox remind us how powerful a writer and performer he is.......please click here to continue reading
ALAN PEARCE - BLUES MATTERS
Trevor Babajack Steger was one half of Babajack but this album sees him striding out as a solo musician. He has a voice that has all the smoothness of a rusty buzzsaw but he has no problem making himself clear and the songs on this album are darkly and deeply steeped in Blues. He plays a mean acoustic guitar but his main strength is his harmonica playing and with his Danneker harps he certainly makes a more musical noise than most of the supposed players out there. The sound takes me back to hearing some of the Blues greats back in the day – guys such as Sonny Terry or Big Walter Horton, even James Cotton – that haunting voice coming at you right out of the middle of the soundstage, interspersed with howling harp and almost using the guitar for rhythm rather than as a lead instrument. When he uses the guitar alone, as he does on River Song, he demonstrates real ability to carry a melody and set up a beautiful backdrop to his vocals. When he is singing you cannot do anything else but listen to him – he has an immediacy and charisma that draws you close to the music and I cannot think of any other solo artist that I’ve heard in the last couple of years who demands your attention in the same way. I would have to say that he makes music that I want to listen to, music than on the face of it is simple and stark but that has complexities in the sound and in his playing that make it really satisfying to delve into time and again. Standout tracks are probably the title number and Stranger In The Hall but there really isn’t any weakness in either his playing or his vision.
Sawdust Man is a fine collection of original songs that showcase Trevor’s skills as a writer, musician and performer. Recorded in the best traditions of the early delta blues legends, it’s just one man, a guitar, a stompbox and a harp rack.
From the eponymous first song, right through to the random, riffing final track, the result is a tour-de-force, capturing Trevor’s musical integrity and leaving the listener richer for having heard it.
Musical influences whisper and weave their way through each of the songs. It’s easy to imagine the spirits of long gone blues legends catching a fleeting ride on Trevor’s music, nodding in approval that their legacy is in safe hands.
What you hear is what you get, and the only thing better than listening to this is to watch Trevor playing live, and to witness the transformation he undergoes during each performance.
- Richard Wall Review - Blues In Britain