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Saturday, January 6, 2018

61 Ghosts ...To The Edge...high energy indie blues with razor-sharp dynamics


Joe Mazzari and Dixie Deadwood, a duo based out of the Northeastern USA, draw upon their own personal musical influences, their combined passion and need to create a style of music all their own -- one that's influenced by the urban streets and the restless spirits of the Mississippi Hills. Each had honed their own sound through years on the road: Mazzari with his poignant lyrics, melodies and rock guitar, Dixie with her bare-knuckled approach to drumming. Together, Joe and Dixie mix steamy grooves, razor-sharp dynamics and high energy to create what they refer to as “gritty and primal rock 'n' roll.”

Joe brings his gutter-rock guitar, gritty vocals and strong stage presence fostered through his years touring and recording with Johnny Thunders, Walter Lure and Jerry Nolan of Heartbreakers and New York Dolls fame. Influenced by John Hiatt, Bob Dylan, Link Wray, Rory Gallagher and various Delta blues musicians, Joe began writing roots-rock music in his 20's. 

Dixie played drums behind famed blues man Leo "Bud" Welch for years and has performed at more than 20 festivals and venues in the US, Europe and Africa. She is featured in a documentary on Welch, "Late Blossom Blues: The Leo ‘Bud’ Welch Story,” released in January 2017, and on Welch's Mississippi Blues Trail Marker as his drummer. Dixie also played in the All Night Long Blues Band for four years and recorded three albums of Mississippi Hill Country blues. 

Official website: www.61ghosts.com


Marty's review: 61 Ghosts take the blues, strip it down to the bare bones, add a bit of raw-edged rock  and roll and deliver it with high intensity on this 6 track EP release. Smokin' hot guitar licks, a solid back beat and lyrics that are taken from the street, this is back to roots music that asks to be noticed and delivers straight down the barrel with no excuses.