Just in time for the cruise ship festival circuit comes the beguiling Deep Sea Blues DVD.
Lauded as one of the very best music themed cruises, the Blues Cruise is put under the microscope on Deep Sea Blues, and the investigation reveals its many collaborations, plus the vibrant Mardi Gras-type atmosphere. There is plenty to soak up in all of the sun, sea, and extended improvisational jams onstage. Blues historian Dick Waterman is a commanding presence throughout, offering jokes and anecdotes about the legends of the past.
A cornucopia of highlights exists on Deep Sea Blues, including a reformation of the Fats Domino Band with Mitch Woods playing "Big Easy Boogie" and "Hattie Green." Tasha Taylor, with the Phantom Blues Band, nails down a tightly rocking "Wonder Woman." Bobby Rush with the DeAnna Bogart Band ushers in a sizzling version of "Ride My Automobile." A treasure trove of performances dots the Blues cruise landscape, including Tommy Castro’s riveting take on "Nasty Habits," Buckwheat Zydeco’s party anthem, "Jackpot," and the always reliable Tab Benoit burning with a flawless turn on "We Make a Good Gumbo."
Bonus material includes footage of Murali Coryell telling the tale once again on "I’m Spending All My Money on You," Duwayne Burnside with Michael Burks & Mike Finnigan tearing it up on "Pressure," and Jimbo Mathis’ acoustic rendering of "Sliding Delta." But, perhaps, the most stellar moment belongs to Watermelon Slim as he conveys a greasy, yet fulfilling dive into the symbolic "Black Water." Produced, expertly edited and directed with a keen eye through the lens of Robert Mugge, Deep Sea Blues is worth setting sail again and again.
Deep Sea Blues is out now on Micro Werks/Shout! Factory.