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Payin' Dues: Michael Messer

The British slide man on India’s blues scene, knowing Johnny Cash and trad records...

Slide master Michael Messer might have a bulletproof knowledge of the blues, but his 10-album career has seen him endlessly tweak the genre’s nose. In his latest incarnation as Michael Messer’s Mitra, debut album Call Of The Blues finds him flanked by Hindustani musicians Manish Pingle and Gurdain Rayatt, with the trio twisting standards such as Muddy Waters' I Can’t Be Satisfied and Fred McDowell's You Gotta Move into bold new shapes.

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