The late blues guitar great Jeff Healey is captured during a set recorded at Jeff Healey’s Roadhouse club in
Healey’s fretwork soars with searing intensity, bringing added punch to the blues standards, "I’m Torn Down" and "How Blue Can You Get." A divine sense of re-interpretation stretches across the broad canvass of Mess of Blues, illustrating Healey’s formidable musical chops. Whether he is covering Hank Williams’ "Jambalaya," The Band’s "The Weight," Neil Young’s "Like a Hurricane" or "How Blue Can You Get," Healey drops anchor dead center in the group’s bawdy sound and fills the tune with absorbing wit, drenching lead guitar workouts and smoky, soulful vocals.
A keen sense of mission captured the well-traveled Healey at the young age of 17, and his otherworldly presence dominates the eclectic and addictively entertaining Mess of Blues recording. Jeff Healey (3/25/66- 3/2/08) will be missed, and those seeking out his catalogue should be steered toward the rewarding Mess of Blues.
Mess of Blues is out April 22 on Ruf.