The response to Jock’s Juke Joint these last eight months has been overwhelming. Reviews have been universal in their praise, with broadcasts on 70 radio shows in over a dozen countries. Five of the featured artists received songwriter nominations in the British Blues Awards while Jock’s Juke Joint branded events have developed as far south as the Maryport Blues Festival. The Independent Blues Broadcasters Association (IBBA) made this their first ever album of the month (for April 2013). As before this album tells of those who’ve thrived within the Scottish blues scene, those who’ve recently entered it; those who’ve established themselves since arrival in Scotland and those who’ve left to further their names elsewhere. Wherever their journey, as the auld expression goes, they’ll always remain Jock Tamson’s bairns.
And so this concludes the Jock’s Juke Joint trilogy. We believe it provides a real indication of the blues talent and song writing emerging from Scotland. While we celebrate the present, the passings of Laurie Hamilton and George Ross Watt are raw in the memory. Like them, we hope some of the unsung talent of the series can be similarly influential.
Duncan Beattue (Blues Matters, Classic Rock: The Blues Edition, Early Blues.com)
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