At a time when there’s so much trouble in the world, David Rotundo’s new album by that exact name has dropped at a perfect point in time, with twelve original tracks that resonate with the difficult times we are living in. David’s exciting new collection of songs beautifully represents his wide-ranging talent and artistic expression. This new album was produced by Lee Oskar under his new record label, Dreams We Share™, featuring an outstanding group of musicians from the Pacific Northwest and Canada accompanying David.
Now that “So Much Trouble” has dropped and has hit the airwaves around the US and Canada, we’re delighted to hear great feedback about this material. Please enjoy the following review by Rick Bowen, which was recently published in the September 2020 Bluesletter published by the Washington Blues Society:
“Getting the chance to work with a hero and a mentor is certainly the dream of most artists, for Toronto singer/songwriter and harmonica virtuoso David Rotundo connecting with Lee Oskar was kismet.
The pair performed together in 2019 at the Annual Blues Festival in Puerto Escondido, and Blues on the Beach in Huatulco in Mexico and signed as a featured artist with Lee Oskar Harmonicas later that year.
The like-minded souls have now joined forces with Oskar producing Rotundo’s latest album, “So Much Trouble”, for his Dreams We Share™ Productions.
The 12 new tracks feature an all-star cast of musicians from Canada and the Pacific Northwest on a breadth of material from juke joint blues, hard-driving Soul and introspective anthems, with Rotundo’s gravelly tenor and emotive Blues harp at the center of each arrangement. The roadhouse boogie “She’s Dynamite” opens the set with dance floor-filling zeal. He gets emotional on the bumping blues “I Must Be Crazy,” then plays it cool on the slow burning “Funky Side of Town.” He demonstrates his songwriter depth with the reflections of our current world struggles in the Delta Blues testimony “Hard Times Coming,” and the expansive title track, with its theatrical underpinnings.
Hot Hammond B3 from Ron Weinstein and salty sax from Darian Asplund spice up the comic relief in the barrelhouse shuffle, “Drinking Overtime.” A marvelous mixture of instruments including dobro, tabla, and cello are brought together for the global beat trance blues “Long Road” before Rotundo closes the set on a solo reading of the vaudeville Blues classic, “Trouble in Mind.”
For longtime David Rotundo fans or new ones, we encourage to check out “So Much Trouble” and support David’s music by downloading the album or a few songs.