‘Nearly Man' by Jack Blackman - seriously good music(November 10, 2016)
Read the word ‘blues’ in a review and an immediate audio-image forms - having listened to ‘Nearly Man’ from Jack Blackman it is my opinion that most of us should be prepared to modify that impression. This is a mix of blues and folk that slides in with a softly impressive stance and remains long after the album ends. Apart from the mastery of his lyrics, lusciously finger-picked guitar and richly engaging vocals, Blackman recorded and produced the album and was responsible for multiple overdubs with banjo, mandolin, acoustic and 12 string guitar, bass, slide and electric guitar, harmonica and washboard.
Setting off with 'Panther Burn' through ‘Cold on the Calls’ and ‘Travelling Light’ into ‘Nearly Man, and ‘Hognose Gin’, Blackman takes his listeners through some forceful observations, gentle reminiscences, touching tributes and quiet reflections - all songs that it’s so easy to get inside of and become at one with the artist, and closes with ‘Take it From Me’ with gritty vocals provided by Blackman’s friend Slopey.
‘Nearly Man’ is a singer songwriter at work delivering some seriously good music. I liked it and I'm pretty sure you will too.
Review: Tom Franks