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L.R. Phoenix (UK / FINLAND)
The Hollow Log Of Capt. Richard Wolfe

©L.R. Phoenix 2011

"An authentic reworking of the delta blues - originals and classics are imbued with L.R.’s unique vocals and innate emotional vibe."
Gary Grainger
DJ for The BBA Nominated Blues Show on Bishop FM 105.9

L.R.Phoenix / Guitar/Harmonica/Vocals
Andres Roots / Guitar/Dobro/Percussion
Peeter Piik / Upright bass/Fretless bass
Indrek Tiisel / Harmonica/Jew's harp
Martin Eessalu / 6-string banjo
Raul Terep / Drums/Percussion
Hanno Maadra / Viola
Asko-Romé Altsoo / Percussion/Additional instrumentation

In his late 20's L.R.Phoenix made the move on the back of a Valkyrie from the U.K to North Karelia in the east of Finland.

Influenced by the ghosts of R.L.Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, and a host of other Mississippi Hill Country Blues players,.

Info on the songs:

Hollow Log; based on an old guitar riff similar to something Fred McDowell used, with old blues lyrics mainly taken from ‘floating verses’.

Bedroom; in the mould of songs like ‘How Long’, ‘How Many More Years’, and maybe a bit of John Lee Hooker with Canned Heat.

Crying; based on Blind Willie Johnson’s ‘Lord I Just Can’t Keep From Crying Sometimes’. I play this with a pocket knife.

Jack of Diamonds; played with a pocket knife again. This was first recorded by Blind Lemon Jefferson who also used a pocket knife to play this song. Mance Lipscomb got his version from Lemon and he also played it with a pocket knife, which is where I got my version from. It’s based on an old card game.

Morning Train; There’s always someone leaving.....

The Cypress Grove; first heard a version of this song from Skip James’s first recordings. I based the words on this, which are floating verses but the riff is all mine.

Down South; based on R.L.Burnside’s song ‘Going Down South’ from his cd ‘My Black Name A’Ringing’.

Po’ Boy; played with the guitar flat across my lap and with a steel fork. Saw Bukka White play his version of this song the same way with the guitar flat on his lap, so I thought I’d like to do the same.

Hobo; just based on timeless lyrics and guitar riff

Streets of Lohan; I place I went to and never want to go back.

The Devil; from the depths of Bentonia. Skip James did a version, so did Jack Owens. More recently Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes did a version too. This is mine.

Death; heavily based on Son House’s ‘Death Letter/My Black Mama’ but with a bit of Willie Brown and Charley Patton thrown in for good measure.

Heaven; based on traditional spiritual song ‘Wished I Was In Heaven Sitting Down’ which I first heard by Fred McDowell, but which has also been covered by many other people. I play this with a pocket knife.

Reviews / Quotes

"R L Burnside's cut down blues grooves reincarnated - and now living in Finland!" Mike Garner, Blues News, New Zealand".

"L.R.Phoenix & MR.Mo'Hell Offer Us The Essence Of The Blues Past, While At The Same Time, Creating The Art Of The Blues Future" - John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network"


1. Hollow Log
2. Bedroom
3. Crying
4. Jack Of Diamonds
5. Morning Train
6. The Cypress Grove
7. Down South
8. Po' Boy
9. Hobo
10. Streets of Lohan

11. The Devil
12. Death
13. Heaven

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