Album cover artwork for Diesel with vinyl record popping outTwenty-five years after Short Cool Ones – his collaboration with the late great Chris Wilson – Diesel has still got the blues.

Here he celebrates some of his heroes, including Sam Cooke, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Otis Rush and Magic Sam. What could have been an unnecessary indulgence is instead fun and inclusive, with Diesel delivering short, sharp takes on his favourite blues songs – check out his captivating cover of John Lee Hooker’s Boogie Chillen’. And the original, Six Steel Strings – written with Ross Wilson – sits comfortably alongside the classics.

“Six steel strings are enough to get me by,” Diesel declares. And this is truly a solo album, with Diesel playing every instrument, including the harmonica as a tribute to Wilson.

Alone With Blues by Diesel is out now on CD and clear vinyl (pictured above) via Bloodlines.

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