Detroit Frank Dumont

Detroit Frank Dumont
Let Me Be Frank


By Lady K.
July 2014

First of all, Lady K wants to say that she loves the title of this CD – it just makes her smile!

The lengthy list of players includes: Detroit Frank DuMont on lead, rhythm, acoustic, slide, and steel guitars, washboard, tambourine, and vocals; bass (Benny Turner, Mighty Mike Doster, David Hood, Billy Cox); Hammond (Deacon Jones, Duke Jethro); piano (David Maxwell, Tyler Burba, Victor Wainwright); drums (Caleph Emphrey, Jr., Jay Elliott); sax (Walter Riley King, Bobby Leon Forte’, Benny Latino, Curtis Willet); trombone (Ed Early); harp (Marylin Wienard); french horn (Laura Alexander); and harpsichord (Barney Conway).

Let Me Be Frank consists of 10 well-known covers, and one original tune by DuMont. The covers are well done, by people who obviously know and love the blues, and know how to make the music. Any blues lover who happened to walk into a club while Frank DuMont and band were playing any of the tracks listed below, would definitely order a drink (or 2 or 3) and hang out through last call. It’s good, guitar-heavy blues, and DuMont’s rough-sounding rocker-dude vocals only add to the blues aura.

“Key to the Highway” (Lee, Broonzy, Segar), is head-bopping, lazy blues, followed immediately by the crazy guitar-whine of Sonny Thompson’s “Tore Down”.

The background single drum-beat on Peter Chatman’s “Every Day I Have the Blues”, will hypnotize if you let it – Caleph Emphrey must have needed to walk around and stretch his drumming muscles once that track was recorded. The slow blues “How Blue Can You Get?” (Jane Feather) fascinates because of DuMont’s vocals; his voice makes the listener FEEL the suffering, sad soul. Two well-known tunes from Freddie King and Sonny Thompson are welcomed tracks on “Let Me Be Frank”; the instrumental “Hide Away” and “The Stumble”, and they both include piano and Hammond – killer stuff. Warning: You are going to need to dance

“Kind Hearted Woman” and “Crossroads”, by Robert Johnson, are both solos by Frank DuMont, and they are spectacular. “Kind Hearted Woman” has DuMont singing, and accompanying himself with acoustic guitar, harp, drums and brushes. DuMont’s vocals are backed up with his slide and steel guitar. Johnson’s “Traveling Riverside Blues” gets a full band electric treatment.

The slow, sexy “I’ll Be There” (Hal Davis, Berry Gordy) is a fitting lead-in to the album’s only original track, the amazing “Blues for Buddy” (Detroit Frank DuMont). The scary-strong, attention grabbing lead-in to this slow blues, sounds and feels like a funeral procession, and the music just rivets the attention to this guitar-intense, heavy-duty instrumental.

Let Me Be Frank is a keeper!!!

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