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Scissormen
"Luck In A Hurry"
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There is no doubt that once you have listened to Scissormen's newest CD "Luck In A Hurry", that you will be convinced you have just heard the Jimi Hendrix of the Slide Guitar, in the form of Ted Drozdowski. 

Taking the purist of blues and transforming them into a psychedelic homage is what Scissormen do best and "Luck In A Hurry" confirms that statement with resounding clarity and vision. 

Coming form a Rock and Journalistic background, one would have to say he was truly lucky to have had the opportunity of being mentored by the late great Robert Palmer, whom introduced Ted to the music of R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and Jessie Mae Hemphill, all of whom he had even the better good fortune of meeting. That music transformed and some might say even bewitched Ted into becoming the spokesman of the new interpretation of the old blues.

With just himself and drummer, Scissormen whip up a frenzied response in whatever venue or joint they choose to play. They also bring that pure intensity to "Luck In A Hurry", with help from a multitude of musical greats, Billy Conway, Teo Leyasmeyer, Dicky Barrett, Larry Dersch, Dan Keller, and Rob Hulsman.

"Luck In A Hurry" is Blues like you never heard it before, new and yet old at the same time. If the Scissormen don't move you with their music, you are already dead.

Review by John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)


Critic Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone, VH-1, etc) has proclaimed Ted “a guitarist of spellbinding invention and intelligence. His slide playing shears the skin off your bones, and he can unleash roaring gales of sound. But lyricism and musicality lie at the heart of even his wildest moments. I have never listened to him and not been transported to a strange, beautiful place I’d never been before.”

Now that place has a name: Luck in a Hurry. Scissormen’s first nationally distributed album packs the band’s inventive and exciting energy into 11 slide-powered songs including nine originals. The music knits the inspiration of Ted’s musical mentors and friends like R.L. Burnside, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Junior Kimbrough and Sonny Sharrock together with his experience as a rock-based improviser and songwriter.

Scissormen’s guests on Luck in a Hurry include Morphine drummer Billy Conway, the late veteran blues pianist Teo Leyasmeyer (who was a sideman with Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Luther Allison, Johnny Copeland and G. Love), and Dicky Barrett, the powerhouse front man for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Dicky applies a layer of vocal gravel to the defiant anti-anthem “Whiskey and Maryjane,” which also guests Ted’s former psychedelic rock band Devil Gods. Ted’s longtime musical foil Rob Hulsman, a vet of cow punk renegades 9 Pound Hammer, and Larry Dersch play drums. And Dan Kellar adds violin to two songs, including the guitar-violin-drums trio “Mattie Sweet Mattie.” 

Luck in a Hurry expands the sound of Scissormen’s previous albums, their all-duo debut EP Jinx Breakers and the solo acoustic When the Devil Calls.

“What these songs have in common are deep roots, great big guitar tones, and a lotta soul,” says Ted. “They were performed live in the studio so we could keep things raw and spontaneous — the way we like ’em. ”

And that’s just one more reason why Luck in a Hurry captures the heartbeat of modern blues — and the pulse of its future

Tracklist

1. Tupelo 
2. Move Baby Move 
3. Mattie Sweet Mattie 
4. Death Letter 
5. Junior's Blues 
6. Preachin' The Blues 
7. Whiskey and Mary Jane 
8. The Devil Is Laughing 
9. John The Revelator 
10. When The Devil Calls 
11. Do Wrong Man

About Scissormen

"This isn't just a band—it's a mission," says Scissormen's slide guitar demon Ted Drozdowski. "We believe the blues is as blood and guts vital and relevant as it was when the music's giants walked the Earth, if it's played right. So that's how we play it—respecting the music's roots, but not at the expense of its future." 

If that sounds audacious, you haven't seen one of the Nashville-based group's live shows, where just a guitarist and drummer harness up the spirit of the Mississippi hills and make it sound like a juke joint armada. That approach has won Scissormen fans across the US and Europe, where they've played everything from coffeehouses to blues, rock and punk clubs, to major festivals, including Bonnaroo 2008 and France's prestigious Cognac Blues Passions Festival. 

"Our gigs prove that the blues can reach everybody—including people who think it's music only their parents or grandparents would like," says Ted. And Scissormen's live audiences reach back, challenging Ted's unique, fiery slide guitar approach by passing him, well, just about anything to play with: shoes, straws, martini glasses, keys, a lit blowtorch, full dinner plates, a machete, a 9-mm pistol.

But the band’s story begins back in 1991. Ted was already a rock guitarist/songwriter and an internationally respected music journalist with a passion for blues when he was introduced to the sounds of North Mississippi’s juke joints by one of his mentors, the late musicologist Robert Palmer.

“As a guitar player in punk, psychedelic rock and improv bands, I’d digested a lot of music by then, but when I heard R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and Jessie Mae Hemphill — thanks to Robert — they totally blew my mind,” Ted recounts. “Their music had the deepest spirit of blues as well as the transporting qualities of psychedelic rock. It was a sound I’d wanted to hear my whole life, without even knowing it still existed.

“I’m just a guy whose family crawled out of the coal mines in Pennsylvania,” Ted continues. “I still can’t believe how lucky I was to meet and to be befriended by R.L., Junior and Jessie Mae, and to have R.L. talk me into trying to play his music. I resisted for three years, because I revered R.L. and his sound. But eventually I caved and after the first time I played with him on stage I guess I had the fever. It just took a while to spread.”

Once it did, Scissormen began — with just two rules.

“The first,” Ted says, “ is to always move ahead and blaze our own musical trail while honoring the musicians who’ve touched our lives and inspired us. And the second is to pack every gig we play with all the heart, soul and energy we can muster. Playing the blues for keeps is not a job for slackers.”


What they say about Scissormen

“Ever wonder what would have happened if Bukka White had discovered the Fuzz Tone? Or if Skip James had played piano with Antenna Jimmy and Drumbo from the Magic Band? Scissormen is acid blues for the 21st century.”

- Jim Dickinson Legendary producer, pianist, world-champion raconteur

“Both on record and in live performance, Ted Drozdowski is a guitarist of spellbinding invention and intelligence. His slide playing shears the skin off your bones, and he can unleash roaring gales of sound. But lyricism and musicality lie at the heart of even his wildest moments. I have never listened to him and not been transported to a strange, beautiful place I'd never been before.”

- Anthony DeCurtis, Executive Editor, Tracks, Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone

“Mind blowing shows…incredible slide guitar work…Luck in a Hurry propels the raw, ethereal sounds of Mississippi hill country blues into the 21st century with Scissormen's take no prisoners approach. Simply put, if you're a hill country or slide guitar fan, this disc will blow your doors off their hinges.”

- Luck in a Hurry CD review Blues Bytes

“Scissormen stand proudly with one foot in the tradition of raw Mississippi Blues and one foot in the edgy passions of today's challenging world. Their originality and style are delivered forcefully with just slide guitar, drums, and singing from a soulful heart and thoughtful mind.”

- Bob Margolin Legendary blues guitarist

“This ain't your grand pappy's Mississippi blues. When the dials are set just right, it's absolutely brilliant. Well worth a listen. And another. And several more.”

- Luck in a Hurry CD review by GLP Cashbox

“A two-man juke joint experience, Scissormen's blues is like pullin' a bottle of ’shine outta your pocket, takin' a long swig, and looking for some crossroads to sell your soul.”

- Art Tipaldi Blues Revue

“That raw insistent quality has inspired Drozdowski to create a great, propulsive wall of sound on his axe.”

 

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