This veteran duo from BC, with Hyatt on electric bass & vocals and Burden on electric guitar and vocals have a live CD that gets a little help from Marvin Walker on subdued drums. They perform a set of covers and originals, with Muddy’s “Blow Wind Blow” and Memphis Slim’s “Mother Earth” opening. They share verses as Burden plays remarkably, he has quite a load to carry and does it well. Holly Hyatt writes very good songs in the traditional style. The first of these is “Let’s Boogie”, an attractive dance piece. “Lowdown Blues” is a more ambitious song, co-written with Burden, with plenty of room for her wide-ranging and expressive voice. Burden’s feature is RJ’s “Come On In My Kitchen” with some fine slide work and vocal interjections from Hyatt. Hyatt’s “Get Your Own Man” gives the set a little swinging jazz. Nick Gravenites’ “Left Handed Soul” is a song I didn’t know about – it gets a fine vocal from Burden. A second co-write is “Black Crow” features some fine picking from Burden doubling a lyric about watching a black crow watching her. “Slushy Blues” closes, an uptempo, jazzy complaint about winter weather – not hard to agree with. Fine singing and playing by both throughout, their web site is www.hollyandjon.com.

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