Native Tongue – The Mole

“Robert Johnson s Walking Blues goes straight to the top of my personal RJ covers list – that takes some doing. It is damn near perfect and I wish I could do that!”

Roland Chadwick is an Australian Classically trained guitarist who has produced a wide range of work in a wide range of styles. Native Tongue finds him teamed up prominently with Barriemore Barlow on drums to produce a blues album. Not always a great thing when classical dudes play the blues but in this case he s the man! He says he will play anything with frets and means it. Taking a nod here and there to Zep he coaxes and squeezes oodles of emotive sound from acoustic and electric guitars, bottleneck, finger picking and strutting the high notes – you can t hold him back. Add to that he has a fine voice which he uses to great effect, he clearly loves Robert Plants recordings as he employs one or two trade mark vocal productions here and there, fortunately they always complement the songs. – Ah, the songs. Take Tango which brings all his skills together in one glorious slice or Muddy Water which incredibly drags a Beatles hook firmly into the delta and remains one of the cd s highlights. Lastly, Robert Johnson s Walking Blues goes straight to the top of my personal RJ covers list – that takes some doing. It is damn near perfect and I wish I could do that! –DT – The Mole