Fresh Catfish CD (FTRCD004) 1995 Nominated for a W. C. Handy Blues Award for BEST ACOUSTIC BLUES ALBUM, this stomping all-solo album has been called a potent brew, with sparkling guitar picking, evocative lyrics and emotional vocals -Blues & Rhythm Featuring Catfish Keith on vocals, National and acoustic guitars, and feet, recorded live in the studio. PRESS QUOTES: Catfish Keith has as much fun playing prewar acoustic blues as anybody around today. Fresh Catfish is a real treat. -Living Blues Catfish Keith is the new slide king of the National steel guitar. -Reg Brenlo, Blueprint (British Blues Connection) Catfish Keith is a young, astoundingly accomplished steel guitar player originally from East Chicago, Indiana…an individual style…Keiths vocals are impressive; hes not just a guitar player but puts everything into his performance. If you like powerful well-played country blues, this is for you! -Norman Darwen, Blues Life (Austria) Blues Wizard. -The Boston Globe Keiths raging slide guitar, intricate fingerpicking and infectious vocals tab him as one of the idioms top acoustic revivalists. -Bill Dahl, Living Blues Breaking new ground for blues, Catfish Keith is a solo revelation. He makes each song sound new…See him if you can…Catfish was the star of the (Edinburgh Jazz & Blues) festival. -Bob Flynn, The Guardian (UK) Catfish sings and plays with grit and a growl, and he obviously has a blast…So do we. -Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, Acoustic Guitar Catfish Keith is one of the most exciting and skilled bluesmen of his generation. A man with drive and real swing. -Robert Tilling, Blues & Rhythm (UK) There is an excitement that jumps out of the speakers. His slide work is a joy to hear. The tension of the strings with the pleading wail is eerie and touching at the same time — highly recommended. -Richard B. Kamans, Cadence The dynamics and intensity of this new release had me jumpin . . . a new atmosphere in the blues. -Bob Vorel, Blues Revue Quarterly Catfish Keith is one of the best blues entertainers in the USA. -Dave Van Ronk Catfish Keith is a personality kid who takes charge right off…dazzling acoustic guitar work. Growls and falsettos alternate in the same number, as if hes doing duets with himself. Catfish is fearless…he reshapes and recycles the gems hes plucked from the past. -John Douglas, Blues Access Catfish Keith is one extremely dynamic, energetic blues performer . . . uncanny blues ability. MY HIGHEST RATING. LOADS OF FUN. -Victory Review Hes our eras premier exponent of the classic delta blues. Those who saw him were universally overwhelmed with his veritable one-man show on the National Steel Guitar and fingerlickin cool country blues. -Catalyst Keiths brand of delta blues radiates an infectious, life-affirming buoyancy. He tells stories and plays roles through his songs, and his picking displays a rhythmic and harmonic richness not always associated with the blues. -Daily Iowan Hes great! -Des Moines Register Catfish Keith satisfied a standing-room-only crowd of blues hungry souls. It was DYN-O-MYTE!! -Louisville Music News Catfish will give you goose bumps (and) will leave you howling for more. -James Jensen, Dirty Linen PLAYING THE BLUES, CATFISH STYLE Article from Icon, Iowa City, IA, April 11, 1996 by Steve Horowitz World-class blues musician makes Iowa City his home Catfish Keith is an international, blues music hero. The knowledgeable English musicologist
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