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Mrs. Glass

Mrs. Glass (Hoss Pie)

Reviewed by Kevin Curtin, Fri., May 17, 2013

Texas Platters

Mrs. Glass

(Hoss Pie)

On the back of this eponymous disc, Mrs. Glass sits in a fine suit tipping back a tumbler of whiskey. A lit cigarette stuck in his guitar's headstock helps identify him to patrons of the White Horse and Blackheart, where the young bluesman holds court regularly. As proved by opener "Tut Duh Duh," with its filtered drums, supplementary piano, and multi-tracked guitar wails, this collection delivers something bigger than just his band's weekly gigs. Alternating bayou folk and bourbon blues, Glass (Jordan Webster) conjures up homesickness convincingly on "NOLA" before picking up the electric and hitting nerves with surgical slide skills and deep vocal moans on "Bye Bye Baby." Questionably, Glass goes full pop on the inescapably hooky "Once I'm Gone," then settles down into the mournful Delta blues of "Killing Me Now." After all that, the oneness of Mrs. Glass reveals itself when the trio takes a dark turn on the sinister jams of "I Give You Evil" and the tense, spoken-word confessional "Tenth Street." Even there, when the tone gets creepy, Glass' guitar work remains sweet as honey.

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