I've always been under the impression that the folk scene shares a lot with the jazz circuit; both are made up of a collective of fantastic musicians preaching to what is essentially a converted audience, both seem somewhat stuck in the past commercially (in terms of public perception anyway) and the two genres are equally shrouded in a vague romanticism - if you convey that you are a jazz or folk musician people tend to react as if you posses real skill rather than just a pleasant musical quirk. Perhaps it is these small similarities between the two musical forms that causes my affinity with the two, and more relevantly with the fantastic new album from Bhi Bhiman.
Bhi Bhiman (pronounced Bee Beeman) is an American folk/country artist who quite literally 'Pinged' into my life through the medium of a label press release, I wasn't aware of Bhi until this fateful correspondence but for as long as I have been, I 've been a fan. Bhiman's new album (The creatively titled Bhiman) is a beautiful folk excursion tinged with jazz nuances and a heavy dose of working blues ethic. Tiptoeing lyrically between the downright depressing and the occasionally elative, the record induces a rich tapestry of emotions throughout it's dressed down guitar-lead duration. Bhiman's song writing talent in combination with his powerful soul-laced voice has already earned him an appearance on BBC 2's 'Later With Jools Holland', and his live shows are attracting more and more interest as this wonderful musician rises to prominence.
Definitely one to have a listen to, not so much for jazz reasons but for good music.