I really don’t know what to make of this. It’s definitely guitar-driven blues and rock. It’s rough and raw. It’s also sometimes dirty and raw, like old blues should be. But there’s a sound here that feels off-genre…Maybe it’s the influence of French folk music? Or maybe it’s the hurdy gurdy?

Hypnotic Wheels, a folk band out of France, hooked up with the offspring of some of the best blues musicians: Cedric Burnside, Cameron Kimbrough, Pat Thomas, and Sharde Thomas. The results are jump blues, with washboards and fiddles, wonderful vocals–songs you can totally lose yourself in. Original songs are mixed with covers of the forefathers, like R.L. Burnside’s “Goin’ Down South” and Muddy Waters’ “Rollin’ and Tumblin.’”

Don’t miss this album!

Here’s their tour dates. Nothing in the U.S., sadly.

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