Bob Halperin knows the blues. A remarkably fluent guitarist and singer,
Halperin is a disciple of the pure blues tradition.
Halperin’s guitar work is nimble and assured, subtle but also with
the right amount of power. You can hear trace influences of greats such
as Robert Johnson, Son House and others, but the playing here is beyond
imitation. Halperin has developed a singular voice on the instrument.
Check out the playing on Sleepy John Estes’ “Drop Down Momma,”
King Oliver’s “Dr. Jazz” or Halperin’s own “Dew
Rag.” Then again, the playing is consistently wonderful over all
18 cuts. The same can be said for his vocal work, which is has a rich
yet slightly “gritty” quality ala Dr. John. The vocals, too,
go beyond rote imitation.