If you don’t know why either, Hugo & Michelangelo will help you out. «John Lee Hooker’s World Today» is their 2017 album and it’s an homage to the greatest Delta blueser that ever lived. Without abandoning the fundamentally slow thumb striking the bass strings and index finger plucking the higher strings, the duo expands the principles with electronica, avantgarde and ambient to keep things current. By giving JHL’s blues a whole new dimension in a genre that’s always been ripe for re-invention. Once called the devil’s music even by its practitioners, Hugo Race with his big bad boogie guitar style and narcotic voice and with Michelangelo Russo cutting the blubber with his harmonica and electronica, live up to that caution. The album was recorded in Berlin in the domain of the Einstürzende Neubauten sound engineer Boris Wilsford who got the guys to lay it down in just one 24-hour live session.
Where Hugo Race’s going next is anybody’s guess. But it might help if you know where this cult musician has been. This Jack Kerouac of rock was a teenage member of Nick Cave’s Birthday Party, founded The Bad Seeds with Nick and moved on to front The Wreckery, The True Spirit (with 12 albums) and engaged in collaborations with Chris Brokaw and Chris Eckman of Dirtmusic and Tamikrest.
There’s no bigger cult musician who’s played the Delta blues and all its depths than John Lee. And he isn’t gone either. You see, Boom Boom’s back – in two bodies. Yes, «One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer» we hear you. But take it slow, never you rush it.