Paul Orta & Little Ray Ybarra, “Back Porch Blues”

Written By: Jack Armstrong

Back Porch Blues“Back Porch Blues”
Paul Orta & Little Ray Ybarra
Blues International Records
Produced by Paul Orta
Review by Jack Armstrong

When it comes to blues that is the “real deal,” Paul Orta walks the walk. This Port Arthur bluesman has been on the Texas blues scene for decades – with over a dozen albums to his credit. This latest release carries a master’s legacy into the 21st Century.
Orta is best known for tours with his band The Kingpins, but this new recording is a return to where the blues starts – with a jug around a kitchen table or a backporch cooking up blues using just the basic ingredients. His new release, “Backporch Blues” aptly is named. The CD features 12 songs recorded with Little Ray Ybarra in a production with no smoke, no mirrors or net. In these days of over-produced recordings, many forget the sound and origins of true roots blues. This recording is totally raw, down and dirty foot-stompin’ blues.

Orta and Ybarra deliver bare-bones blues as performed in small roadhouses, speakeasies, gin mills and street corners where the blues is born, lives and thrives. Every song on the CD, especially the ones penned by Orta, are a tribute to the great blues legends like Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed, Big Walter, B.B. King and others. Wailing on the blues harp that has gained Orta world renown – combined with Ybarra’s rock-solid guitar work, the duo has painted a sonic canvas that, if you close your eyes, puts you in a smoke-filled bar or roadhouse. These are men that live and love the blues and this CD is a straight shot dead center into the heart of the genre. If authentic blues is what you seek, look no further – pull up a chair and sit yourself down on the backporch.

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