While most of Houston only yawned when it was released, the Jonn Richardson/Rich del Grosso album Time Slips On By made Downbeat magazine's recently published Best of 2011 list.
Richardson, a monster picker who tours behind Diunnah Greenleaf and Otis Taylor, and del Grosso, a rare practitioner of blues mandolin and a frequent contributor to Blues Revue, are regulars on the local scene, playing everywhere from Shakespeare's Pub to the Big Easy blues jams.
We passed on the album when it was issued early this year. Our issue was primarily the songwriting, which we considered to be rather wooden and at times almost campy in a non-complimentary way. But obviously the folks at Downbeat do not agree.
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Either way, congratulations are in order for Richardson and del Grosso. 2011 has been a blues year here at Rocks Off, and we're happy to see yet another example of why the scene is so strong and vibrant right now.