About Pre-War Blues, Jazz & Ragtime Featuring the Wayward Earls supported by Martin Lee Cropper
The Wayward Earls - Rod Vervest (guitar), Peter Grayling (cello), Bob Lipinski (vocals/harmonica), David Rastrick (trumpet/trombone/banjitar)
The "Earls" revel in sparkling ragtime, jug band blues, vintage jazz and many a monochrome musical gem of yesteryear.
Wayward, a bit squeaky-wheeled, dusty and crusty with the passage of time and fortune; dubiously delivered with uncontrolled backfiring and clouds of blue smoke, these venerable musicians still emit an authentic and gramophonic sound that gets your toes-tapping and face grinning to joyful melodies all wrapped in a dusty vest and a gold-tooth grin.
Described by Vague Magazine as "pulsating, rhythmic and enduring", their music is quite good as well.
Martin Lee Cropper is a latter day Hill Country Bluesman whose blues is a result of his twenty-year study of 1920's Country Blues guitar styles & his isolated lifestyle in the hills south of Bridgetown.
His blues has a very broad base ranging from Mississippi Delta & Hill Country Blues to Texas blues & East Coast Piedmont and his songs are authentic yet original, compositions in the best blues tradition. You can hear his influences yet the songs have his own inimitable touch. Perhaps most importantly he loves playing his blues & delivers it from the heart, so if you love the old Country Blues you're going to love Martin.