Innes Sibun ‘Lost in the wilderness’ (Blues Boulevard) 4/5

Innes_SibunBritish guitarist and singer-songwriter Innes Sibun has an impressive blues CV having performed with Robert Plant’s band and opening for the likes of Taj Mahal and Johnny Winter as well as jamming with Buddy Guy and James Cotton. His latest album neatly cross-cuts the gamut of blues styles from acoustic through to electric and beyond. He is particularly adept on the soul-blues idiom with the southern sounding ‘Twice as strong’ a contender for most compelling number with ‘Lost in the wilderness’ having something of a Robert Cray/Hi records feel in the soul-tinged vocals. Likewise the acoustic blues instrumental ‘Where are you?’ betrays a possible interest in the music of Bert Jansch who successfully fused folk and blues and this would be an excellent avenue for Sibun to follow on an individual future album devoted to acoustic music, thus diversifying his existing public. For fans of faster-paced blues there is plenty to offer with ‘Let’s call it a night’ an uptempo vehicle, the shuffling blues-country of ‘G’zan hoedown’ being both an entertaining and interesting diversion. For a more left-field groove, the funky psychedelic hues of ‘Goin’ home’ provide another different avenue for Innes Sibun to explore next time round. Extremely well grounded in the history of the blues from B.B. King to Otis Rush whom he evokes on the only cover, an extended take on the classic ‘Double trouble’, Innes Sibun gives us a whirlwind tour of the blues that reveals that he is a fine singer-songwriter and in this respect alone parallels with Rory Gallagher are not unfounded. Tim Stenhouse