Paul RishellSwear To Tell The Truth Tone Cool / Rounder
Boston area blues artist Paul Rishell works both in an
acoustic as well as an electric band vein. Swear To Tell The Truth is
his second Tone-Cool album, and like his earlier one features both
sides of his blues persona, although the focus is mostly on his acoustic
Guitarist Ronnie Earl and harmonica player Little Annie Raines
help out, along with producer Richard Rosenblatt who adds harp to Bukka
White’s Shake ‘Em On Down and Drinkin’ Water From a Hollow Log, where
Rishell plays a Fred McDowell slide part on the Rolling and Tumbling
theme. Rishell’s skill on guitar is quite notable, particularly when he
handles East Coast blues as his version of Blind Boy Fuller’s Mamie is
If he can’t make one forget Howling Wolf with Somebody in My
Home, Ronnie Earl’s striking electric guitar on Earl Hooker’s Swear To
Tell the Truth is first rate. Perhaps the finest track is his
rearrangement of Charlie Patton’s Some of These Days, which Rishell
aptly describes as ‘wistful.’ His fingerpicking guitar is delightful,
with Michigan River Blues showcasing his clean picking.
A very well
conceived and produced collection.
I likely received a review copy from Rounder Records. This review appeared in the September 1994 Jazz & Blues Report (Issue 1994). Here from two decades later, Paul Rishell and Annie Raines perform "Some of These Days."