They Call Me Uncle Mick

Mick Kolassa

Endless Blues, 2022

REVIEW BY: David Bowling


I have become somewhat of a Mick Kolassa aficionado, having reviewed several of his albums. He rarely disappoints as he takes American blues in a number of directions and styles. His latest release, my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250 They Call Me Uncle Mick, is a return to basics as it is all acoustic and nothing but acoustic.

This latest release is a combination of five covers and six original tunes. While he is an excellent composer; it is Kolassa’s re-Imagining of other artists songs that present him at his creative best.

His greatest attribute is to take material you would not associate with the blues and re-create them within that framework. His light touch makes them just sneak up on you. Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” flies in a very different direction from the original, as the music has a subtle twist that leads to a blues foundation. Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” moves away from its plaintive country sound to a blues masterpiece. The light ditty “Sunny Side Of The Street” retains its childish feel, while establishing a new mood.

His original material continues this creative trend. Sometimes it is the friends you keep and his “Wasted Youth” features Bobby Rush on harmonica.  Some of Mick’s best songs are when he makes fun of his surroundings and life. “Bless His Heart” is a quirky take on the old Southern saying that is used in many ways and situations. The album closer, The Cheese Song” is a perfect title for what swirls around in his mind.

They Call Me Uncle Mick is an excellent effort from the reliable Mick Kolassa.. It is always nice to hear the blues without amplification and this laid-back approach is a nice way to experience some of his musical visions.

Rating: B

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