Joep Pelt, The Lomax Sessions, 2020

joep pelt - the lomax sessionsThe previously unknown (to me) fellow Dutchman Joep Pelt released this album last year. And it is his way of paying tribute to Alan and John Lomax’s field recordings for the Library of Congress, made between 1934 and 1978. So the album is all covers, with just his voice and his guitar.

Opening song Black Betty I guess we know best from Ram Jam, and Sloop John B from the Beach Boys. The rest of the songs I am not familiar with. But I must say that, while I can imagine a lot of people being put off by the thought of listening to this, I found it far more enjoyable than I imagined. Joep has a pleasant and convincing voice and the songs are played with authenticity and lots of feel. No wonder he is described as a guitar globetrotter, musically raised on the muddy banks of the Mississippi.

So while it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I do recommended open-minded people to give this a listen.