If you think Julian Fauth’s new record is a cover album, you’re likely not alone. However, Ramblin’ Son is almost all originals – it’s just so good that you can’t believe his tracks weren’t written by a weathered 50s bluesman.
Opener Maggie Campbell is a speedy piece complete with old-timey wailin and a swift guitar solo. The Man On The Box is a much slower affair but no less infectious, due to the musicians’ subtle keys and powerful pipes. Fauth’s effortless swing makes it all sound easy.
Whether because of the way it was recorded or the accessibility of the sounds, Ramblin’ Son vividly creates that familiar smoky bar vibe.
Fauth plays Healey’s Friday (April 18).