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RELEASED 2TH DECEMBER 2006
JACKS BACK


                                               Jack of Diamonds 

The word Blues is all over the music industry, due to acts such as the John Spencer Blues Explosion, The White Stripes and the Black Keys, amongst many others, bringing a sound to the world that they announce as the blues.But while these artists proclaim the influence and inspiration of the great Blues men and women, very few actually ground themselves in the actual playing of the Blues.Not so with Salty Dog - Steve and Marion not only explore the history of the Blues, they learn it, absorb it and rework it.
Here are the songs of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Hound Dog Taylor, Jessie Mae Hemphill amongst others, all performed in the unique style that Steve and Marion bring to their craft.
 To aid the authenticity of their sound, Steve is now performing the songs on a
Didley Bow, the 3 string guitar type instrument made from cigar box that was the actual instrument on which much early Blues was performed, and Marion just grows in stature with every recording, both on harmonica and vocal. She is now most definitely Australia¹s leading female Blues harmonica player.Take this album as, not just the authentic entertainment that it is, but also as the work of 2 people who have studied and explored the Blues, and who bring you, the listener, the results of that search.

JOHN DURR BLACK MARKET MUSIC   

                                             JACK OF DIAMONDS
               Featuring Steve Plater - Cigar Box Guitar, guitar, stomp percussion.

     Marion Turner - Vocals, Harmonica.
       (recorded live in the studio - no overdubs)

Reviewed by Jeff Turnbull...SALTY DOG/Black Market Music... 

WARNING: THIS ALBUM CONTAINS EXPLICIT RAW BLUES CONTENT  

This album a must for those dyed-in-the-wool bluesaholics who have been hanging out for an album of gen-u-wine blues which is as close to that way-back, earthy, swampy, backwoods, stomp-box kind of sound that didn’t rely on current recording technology to enhance the tunes – this selection is not refined, tidied up or overdubbed – what you hear is just as they were probably originally performed.  

JEFF TURNBULL REVIEW - With warning stickers placed on some CD covers these days, maybe the CD-buying public should be alerted to the fact that this particular album by hard-working and touring duo, SALTY DOG should be selected carefully - the buyer can expect real down and dirty blues – raw guitar, raw vocals, raw harmonica! Not country-tinged, folkish blues, blues/rock or any other sub-genre that can be thrown up – but pure blues! That would make this album a must for those dyed-in-the-wool bluesaholics who have been hanging out for an album of gen-u-wine blues which is as close to that way-back, earthy, swampy, backwoods, stomp-box kind of sound that didn’t rely on current recording technology to enhance the tunes – this selection is not refined, tidied up or overdubbed – what you hear is just as they were probably originally performed. 

 

From the opening harmonica strains of 
Marion’s chords on Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “Jack Of Diamonds” to the closing notes of “The Things You Do” by 'The Jelly Roll King' Frank Frost, it’s a lightning charged journey which you could easily imagine to be a single, complete foot-
thumpin’ blues performance rather than fifteen separate tracks. Many of the great genre-shaping blues greats are in this album somewhere, Robert Johnson, (“Rollin’ and Tumblin’”), R.L. Burnside, 'Mississippi' Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters, Hound Dog Taylor and Little Walter’s dynamic mournful harmonica styling not copied, but re-processed on “Last Night” by Marion. Jesse Mae Hemphill (“Come In This House”) was actually contacted by the duo and gave her blessing to the inclusion of her song in the project. The respect dealt out to the first-generation pioneers of the music which is still capturing new audiences world-wide is obvious and continuous throughout this album. But again, a note of warning – it’s a heavy dose of pure and sometimes dirty blues. The sexual double-entendres are easier to distinguish these days, (“…roll me all night long” and “I’m a queen bee baby buzzin’ ‘round your hive”) but will always be an essential part of the fabric of true blues. Strip away the individual stylings that many current roots-style musicians put on their interpretations of the genre and you are left with Salty Dogs’ down-home authentic blues sound. With all songs arranged by Plater and recorded live at Soundtrax 919 in Ballarat, Victoria by Lyndon Kriss, Steve and Marion it is another quality release from Black Market Music

From the opening harmonica strains of 
Marion’s chords on Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “Jack Of Diamonds” to the closing notes of “The Things You Do” by 'The Jelly Roll King' Frank Frost, it’s a lightning charged journey which you could easily imagine to be a single, complete foot-
thumpin’ blues performance rather than fifteen separate tracks. Many of the great genre-shaping blues greats are in this album somewhere, Robert Johnson, (“Rollin’ and Tumblin’”), R.L. Burnside, 'Mississippi' Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters, Hound Dog Taylor and Little Walter’s dynamic mournful harmonica styling not copied, but re-processed on “Last Night” by Marion. Jesse Mae Hemphill (“Come In This House”) was actually contacted by the duo and gave her blessing to the inclusion of her song in the project. The respect dealt out to the first-generation pioneers of the music which is still capturing new audiences world-wide is obvious and continuous throughout this album. But again, a note of warning – it’s a heavy dose of pure and sometimes dirty blues. The sexual double-entendres are easier to distinguish these days, (“…roll me all night long” and “I’m a queen bee baby buzzin’ ‘round your hive”) but will always be an essential part of the fabric of true blues. Strip away the individual stylings that many current roots-style musicians put on their interpretations of the genre and you are left with Salty Dogs’ down-home authentic blues sound. With all songs arranged by Plater and recorded live at Soundtrax 919 in Ballarat, Victoria by Lyndon Kriss, Steve and Marion it is another quality release from Black Market Music

  "Jack Of Diamonds"

Review Shane Speal

King of the cigar box guitar USA
is some of the deepest prim-blues I've heard in a long time!  So how does it sound? My best 'quick" answer would be like the love child between Richard Johnston and Bonnie
Raitt with Sonny Boy Williamson as the grandfather! 
You can hear SALTY DOG's brilliant music on their new
cd 
"Jack of Diamonds." Buy it. You'll thank us later....Shane
Speal's 'Jug Fusion' of the USA
"Right now, my
cd player is cranking out some of the most beautiful, primitive blues I've heard in a long time. 
IT'S SALTY DOG!!! 

You guys kick ass! I absolutely love the sparseness of the whole recording. Your vocals are thick like honey, your harp is slammin' and that cigar box guitar is...well, perfect.

You guys are amazing. thank you so much for the cd. I love it all.
SALTY DOG is
Austrailia's premier Delta Blues duo featuring Marion on vocals, tea box bass and harp and Steve on cigar box guitar and stomp boards. Steve makes his own guitars that feature hand made boxes, aluminum nut and bridges and screaming electric pickups. He's made over 13 instruments now, ranging in 1,2,3,4 and 6 string models.
.. 
A male/female duo sets up in the recording studio to record their entire album live. He's holding a cigar box guitar and has a system of stomp board percussion. All she has is her honey-sweet voice and a harmonica. This is exactly what happened during Salty Dog's "Jack of Diamonds" sessions. 
So how does it sound? My best 'quick" answer would be like the love child between Richard Johnston and Bonnie
Raitt with Sonny Boy Williamson as the grandfather! 

 

The first thing you notice is Marion's vocals. Her voice is a perfect mixture of honey and smoke...with all the passion that you'd find in a Delta juke joint. In addition to her singing, Marion is one helluva harp player. Her bullet mic is plugged into a screaming hot Pignose amp and screams like child with a broken toy. 

And then there's Steve... He's got the whole Delta thing happening. From Mississippi Hill Country hypnotic one-chord riffs to single-string diddley bow leads, he's the perfect compliment to Marion's talents. I particularly like Steve's work on his 3-stringers (He also plays a 6-string cigar box guitar). 

Their music includes the classics. Blind Lemon Jefferson's "Jack of Diamonds," Robert Johnson's "Rollin' and Tumblin'" and Muddy's "Can't Be Satisfied" are covered along with 12 more tracks. Again, everything was recorded live and has that street-corner serenading vibe to it. 

This is PRIM-BLUES at it's best. No wonder they've won every blues award Australia has to offer. 
You can hear SALTY DOG's brilliant music on their new cd 
"Jack of Diamonds." Buy it. You'll thank us later...

A great album.
Shane Speal

KING OF THE CIGAR BOX GUITAR USA

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Award winning albums
Mudsteppin' Lonesome Dog Blues - Jack of Diamonds available only through

Black Market music Melbourne Victoria, Australia 


Award winning album

Slidin' Delta out of print

 Other Discography include Salty Dog's first album 

Steel to Steel.