The Sky Is Crying

Erja Lyytinen


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The tribute to Mississippi’s King Of The Slide Guitar – Elmore James – delivered with love and affection by Finland’s own Queen Of The Slide Guitar, the renown Erja Lyytinen!

Think about the history of slide guitar players and Blind Willie McTell, Robert Johnson, Fred McDowell and Son House immediately come to mind. Think electric blues and you can trace a 50 year lineage from the death of the great Elmore James to Finland’s current Queen of the Slide Guitar Erja Lyytinen.

The Sky Is Crying is Erja’s timely homage to the great Mississippi slide guitarist. Erja has enjoyed her own ground breaking career as a contemporary blues artist, but on this her tenth album, she’s gone back to her blues roots and cut, in her own words; ‘a raw and down to earth blues album’.

Co-produced with her guitarist and MD Davide Floreno and Mike Hightower, The Sky Is Crying showcases Erja incendiary playing and passionate vocals with her rock solid tour band, with the additional contributions of a superb horn section and special guests.

It’s rare for a blues artist to truly spark as Erja does with her weepy solo on It Hurt’s Me Too. She’s experienced enough to build a percussive groove on the slide led instrumental Erja’s Contribution To Jazz and adds a wonderful arrangement to the title track, bathing it in shimmering guitar and a deeply emotive vocal.

She’s also savvy enough to alter the lyrics of Got To Move, to reflect a female perspective, but then again she’s never been short of self belief to match her undoubted talent, which explains her ability to shape an album of slide led covers to her own ends.

The only non cover on the album is the aptly titled King of the Slide Guitar, which combines dobro dexterity and sprightly acoustic guitar with stellar rhythms and an evocative vocal to match her thoughtful lyrics. And lest we forget it, the album showcases the magisterial beauty of her playing, as she explores a wide range of tones, tempos and deep solos in her relentless pursuit of feel and the essence of Elmore James.

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Track Listings

1. Person To Person
2. Baby Please Set A Date
3. It Hurts Me Too
4. Erja´s Contribution To Jazz
5. The Sky Is Crying
6. Got To Move
7. King Of The Slide Guitar
8. Sho Nuff I Do
9. Something Inside Me
10. Hand In Hand
11. Dust My Broom.

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