Artist – Andrew Duhon
Album – The Moorings
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New Orleans: the Crescent City of the south. The city that famously blends cultures from all over the globe, is home to a plethora of musical influence; ranging from Jazz and R&B, to Cajun and Delta blues. New Orleans has imbued the world with the likes of soulful musicians such as Frank Ocean, Randy Newman and most famously, Louis Armstrong.
It’s no wonder that a town that could be described as a veritable noodle-soup of musicianship, has some secret ingredients that need to be discovered. I refer of course, to Andrew Duhon – winner of the 2012 “Best Singer/Songwriter” award (Offbeat Magazine). Following the success of his profound debut album “Songs I Wrote Before I Knew You”, Andrew has continued to tour the United States and the UK, whilst seeking inspiration for his latest album.
“The Moorings” set for release on April 30th, is Duhon’s second album to date. Renowned for his raw and honest personal writings, Duhon’s storytelling through music is of the highest order. The Moorings is certainly a prime example of one of New Orleans’ finest new Singer/Songwriters.
The title track of the album, “The Moorings” exemplifies Duhon’s background as a widely influenced musician, finding outline for the tune from Scottish folk song origins. Andrew’s distinctly jangling guitar style is accompanied by bottomless stringed instruments that give the song it’s European roots, yet his voice reminds you how distinctly Americana the theme of the song is.
Twisting the roots of music into a more American shape, Duhon visits the essence of American culture with the idea of people moving from place to place, through tough times in order to reach the virtuous ending. “Evelyn” and “Gonna Take A Little Rain” explore these concepts through the familiar eyes of lovers. The story webs weaved by Andrew seize you by the heart for their honesty, with each tale ringing true in your ears.
The Moorings also sees Duhon stomping down blues street in “Sidestep Your Grave”, which is rammed full of mettlesome slide guitar and enough vocal soul to put a Louisiana church congregation to shame. With the recruiting of Grammy-winning producer, Trina Shoemaker (Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Queens of The Stone Age) the high production values are evident on this cracker of an album. Angelic choirs descend upon their “Tandem Bike” and then “Rest On Her Shoulder” with great aptitude.
The final track, “Feel It In My Soul” draws the album to a tranquil coda. A lone, stumbling stand-up bass line limps it’s way through the melody, accompanying Andrew’s familiar guitar rambling. The presence of dreamy strings once again graces the record, coming full circle to aid in the conclusion of the album.
Andrew caresses his guitar through gentle melodies, whilst his accompanying vocal finesse will both warm your soul and haunt your mind in the same instance. He can make you tap your feet with his insatiable appetite for Delta blues licks, yet calm and capture your thoughts through euphonic acoustic hooks. It would be a heinous crime to ignore the top-hole talent that Andrew Duhon exhibits on his latest installment, The Moorings.