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John Hammond, Ready For Love
(Back Porch)

John Hammond, Ready For Love

(Back Porch)

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Ready For Love is John Hammond's 29th solo album, and once again, he is in fine form. On this occasion the legendary delta bluesman is backed up by long-term collaborator David Hidalgo in the producer's chair.

Hammond's outstanding 2001 release, Wicked Grin, was an unusual piece of work, written and produced entirely by long-time friend and contemporary,Tom Waits. Perhaps Hammond was afraid of repeating himself because "Ready For Love" only features two Waits numbers, "Gin Soaked Boy" and "Low Side of the Road."

Hammond revels in Waits' robust style of kitchen-sink blues. In fact, the whole album has a dusty, woozy, home brew vibe to it. Other highlights include a stomping juke-joint cover of the Rolling Stones' "Spider and the Fly," as well as contributions from Jesse Stone, Freddie Hart, and Willie Dixon.

"Slick Crown Vic," the album's opener, is the only solo penned tune included, and it is also one of the album's weakest moments, but that isn't the point.

Ready For Love preserves the romantic tradition of the traveling troubadour. Like Homer before him, he trades in stories, some of his own, but many more gathered during his time on the road. There are tales of infidelity, heartbreak, hardship, graft and alcoholic stupor. John Hammond continues to carry the flame for the great traveling bluesmen, and unlike some of his peers, this rolling stone doesn't appear to be gathering any moss.

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Hi John; I`m just trying to find out if you are someone I met a long time ago, like in the sixties. The John Hammond I new once lived in Hamilton, Ontario, and had a little girl named Tammy,who passed away quite young. We met each other only twice. Once when I lived in the states Wisconsin to be exact,and again after I moved to Canada. I don`y know if it could be possible for you to be the John Hammond I knew but It would blow me away if you were. and I`m sorry for for bothering you about it. I know there†are alot of people with the same name as yours, so I think it is little chance that you are that. Anyways thanks for reading this e-mail. I`m outta here. hope to get at least one reply so I can put my mind at rest. Sincerely Thelma Sayers