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Diamond Dac

Diamond Dac
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England uk
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Acoustic, Country, Blues
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A musical life which started as a fascinated child, listening to the radio stations
on his parents crystal set while playing on a toy banjo, through teenage years of
starring in bands such as the Fugitives and the BobCats, to his impressive solo
career, Diamond Dac Charnley is a 100% Blues man
Recent years has seen Dac study the world of Blues music with an obsessional
passion, travelling anywhere and everywhere throughout Europe and the US to
listen and learn directly, from the old masters, including John Jackson,
Louisiana Red, Philadelphia Jerry Ricks and John Cephas, and the great
modern performers including Woody Mann, Mike Dowling, John Miller and
Michael Messer.
His recordings and “live” performances are constantly enhancing his reputation
as he delivers memorable moments through his six-string and 12-string wooden
guitars, banjo and his National steel resonator slide guitars. His album “Got
These Blues” has been featured on European, Australian and American radio
stations and he is in constant demand for festivals, concerts, gigs, workshops and
private tuition.
Dac is a founder associate member of the European Blues Association, and
member of the Blues Foundation.
The feel and groove is there, mature vocal and guitar work has a relaxed feel, nice
tunes…..Woody Man, U.S.A.
You should be very proud of this album…..Michael Messer, U.K.
A great album, favourite track is Waiting for a train…..Homesick Mac, Sweden.
A truly really great album, its on our play-list…..Radio Holstebro, Denmark.
Skillful blues guitar, including very effective use of bottleneck and some
absolutely wonderful blues material, tremendous talent…..HolmfirthLive, U.K
“Got These Blues” Album Review
I like this CD. Diamond Dac’s debut solo album is blues music, pure and simple.
What you see on the box is what you get inside, one man and a guitar a guy singing
and playing traditional acoustic blues.
Got These Blues, this a light pacey number with Dac playing a nice straight picking
style, you really get the feeling that he’s having a good time playing this one.
Saint James Infirmary Dac’s version relates the misery of a poor old gambler dealing
with the loss of his girlfriend in true melancholic style.
Every Day Of The Week is another light-hearted number played on a twelve-string,
you could be forgiven for thinking you’re hearing a honky-tonk piano at some points,
plenty of gusto and some snappy playing too.
Betty , and Dupree track 4, this is first outing for the National Steel, which sounds
fabulous just being picked.
Death Letter Blues, there’s a lovely slide break on this track, 1935 National Steel
Keys To The Highway sees Dac back with his conventional six-string; a ‘Dave King
small body mahogany and cedar instrument’. This is a very traditionally formatted
blues tune, which Dac plays in a classic picking style. . It’s true blues!
See See Rider is just a lovely track, kind of makes you want to go down to your local
marshalling yard and hop on a Freightliner
Desert Blues precedes Waiting For A Train, which has a nice traditional feel played
on a twelve-string with a soft thumb-picked riff. It has an easy loping feel to it.
Waiting For A Train is in fact about hopping in and out of boxcars, If you listen to
the track properly, poor ol’ Dac is still waiting for his train at the end of the tune – and
it’s raining… Got those blues, or what?
Trouble In Mind, but is lifted with the immortal line “The sun’s gonna shine on my
back door some day.” Dac’s playing the brass body resophonic guitar here, it sounds
great throughout, you can really feel Dac’s relaxed mood and enjoyment on this one.
Rambling On My Mind, the sleeve notes tell us this Dac’s all-time favourite Robert
Johnson song, and it shows. Playing his, dare I say, ‘antique’ National Steel, this tune
kicks off with some very stylish ‘ reversed raked rasquedo,s brushed’ strumming
going on, it’s a wonderfully authentic sound.
Anywhere You Go winds up the album and it’s probably my favourite track out of this
collection. I think it has Dac as his best, he plays some very nice slide lead, it’s surefooted
everywhere and the voice sits very easily on the beat.
In conclusion then, this is an album that delivers straight blues music in a pure and
simple form. Diamond Dac Charnley is a skilled and honest exponent of the art of
acoustic blues slide and picking, I think the beauty of Dac’s playing; his choice of
tracks and the simple production style Dac’s self-imposed demand for authenticity –
like you gotta sing and play simultaneously -makes this an album that will appeal to a
wide range of people and not just blues aficionados.
Jim Murdock
Telephone 01484308667 ( 24hrs / 7days )
Mobile 0794 4200032
E-Mail DacCharnley.Direction@Virgin.Net