Every once in a while, you get a new blues cd by an artist you’re not familiar with. You have no expectations and really don’t know what kind of music is coming your way. Then you listen and you can’t believe what you’re hearing. That cd is Brandon Isaak’s cd, Here on Earth. What a joy!
Brandon “Yukon Slim” Isaak is originally from Whitehorse, Yukon and now spends much of his time in British Columbia.
He’s already been honoured with Maple Blues nominations as Song Writer of The Year & Acoustic Artist of The Year. And by the sounds of this cd, he’s on his way to gather more nominations.
The cd opens with Jim O Jim. It’s like hitching a ride on a blues freight train that promises a journey of delightful raw blues. Guitar and harmonica blend well with Isaac’s down-to-earth, gritty voice.
Acoustic guitar and spiralling harmonica open up the second song as Isaac laments
“All I wanna know is where were you All Night Long”
Then comes Gamble of Love, a Dixie-esque sound that virtually has a Satchmo feel to it.
Isaac’s song writing is featured in the toe tapping City Lights.
“Movin on cause the city lights are getting me down.
No more Traffic or waitin in line
Just A Piece of Land and A Peace of Mind.”
Other favourites are the gospel-like Meet Me There, Dianna Was Her Name is a delightful happy-go-lucky love song , Dressed 4 Heaven is a laid-back melody, and Oh Virginia continues to show guitar and vocals are all this musician needs.
This cd was produced in Whitehorse at Blue-Star Studios by his brother Chris Isaak. Guitar and harmonica are indeed front and center, but Isaac’s voice carries the day. Take a listen to Dead Ass Fool and you’ll instantly recognize the power of his vocals.
Where this cd differs from so many other blues albums is that most of it is up-beat in philosophy and doesn’t feature the typical heart-breaking blues stories. It’s simply one man’s journey Here on Earth.
On his country-blues song Time on My Hands Brandon sings “I’m doing hard times with the Blues.” And we’re grateful he is because this album is a winner.
Get it at Brandon Isaak Official Site
Here on Earth Track List
1. Jim O’Jim – 4:14
2. All Night Long – 3:00
3. Gamble On Love – 2:54
4. Meet Me There – 3:51
5. Dead Ass Fool – 4:29
6. City Lights – 3:13
7. Dianna Was Her Name – 3:39
8. Up The Frisco Line – 2:50
9. Best You Can – 3:03
10. Dressed For Heaven – 4:08
11. If It Don’t Fit – 2:28
12. Oh Virginia – 3:11
13. Time On My Hands – 3:20