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December - January 2018
Issue 252 Volume 48,#6
Mackey himself provides the lead guitar work. His playing will delight listeners whose taste runs toward the understated and unembellished-lithe and imaginative, it’s richly musical …not a note wasted….His voice is pliant and smooth belying his age and incorporates enough new ideas to make most of the well-worn warhorses sound relatively fresh. He is living proof that in the right hands even the most familiar blues tropes and ideas can bring satisfaction both emotionally and musically.
King Errison 2017
Neil Diamond Band
Wes Mackey’s new CD is one of the best I have heard in years. There is not one boring track on this whole album. There is a diversity and range of styles, but it’s all blues. His music is like an old soul telling its story and one song just smoothly sails on to the next. He should be in the ranks with the greats like Lead Belly, like Jimmy Reed…
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Reviews for Life is a Journey
This CD should appeal to those who appreciate the likes of Taj Mahal, Eric Bibb, Corey Harris – or who just appreciate classy modern blues.
Blues Blast...not afraid to experiment. “Thank You Carolina” starts with the ghostly voices of a work gang before the instruments kick in, taking the song in a more modern direction.
full of atmosphere in which the gentleman. Wes seems to embrace
you with his slightly hoarse and warm voice...
Soul Bag Magazine This album is his most complete and personal..
4 out of 5 stars!
Blues Magazine Eric Campfens.
A very nice blues album. Songs with personal lyrics, about Mackey 's look at the past and the future. The songs are well written and have catchy rhythms.
5 Time Semi-finalist
Be A Man Boy
Shine a Light
Reviews for Beyond Words
John Valenteyn Toronto Blues Society
Vancouver-based bluesman Wes Mackey has captured that Jimmy Reed sound here, making for a most satisfying listen. If you're looking for an example of the ‘less is more’ school of playing,look no further...“Lines”is a tour de force, a strong lyric about the lines of his face and the life experience that caused them set to a lovely soul melody...
Thanks again for the CD (BEYOND WORDS) I like it a lot, and I've been playing it. I know it's a long way off, but don't forget to submit it to the Juno folks next year!
CFRO 102.7 One O'Clock Jump
CiTR 101.9 Code Blue
Reviews for Mr. Blues
Real Blues Magazine Andy Griggs
5 Bottles for a CD that does much to gain Wes Mackey accolades, an audience and heaping respect. After all, we know what Real Blues should sound like, right?
See Magazine Edmonton
Mr. Blues is "..a reminder that the blues is not about being down on yourself; it’s about using the music to lift your spirit and celebrate ..it’s an early runner for 2006’s top ten lists of Canadian blues releases.
Blues and Rhythm Magazine,Great Britain
Mackey should be far better known than he is. He may not fit neatly into any of the 'contemporary blues'pigeonholes but so what? He knows what it is all about,no doubt about it.
Reviews for Second Chance
John Valentyn of TBS Maple Blues Magazine.
..On the strength of this CD he certainly deserves his second chance...and I am looking forward to future CD's
Mark T. Smith kjlu
Jefferson City Missouri
I want to thank you for one of the best CD's I have had the pleasure to broadcast. Pick a track cause they are all from the heart by a real bluesman man. few left but Wes is one of the few.
Roots Music Report.
Wes can sing a song...(and )....plays his Gibsons guitar with the expertise of a man that knows his blues. A fine CD"
Jean Claude Mondo
Ce titre clôture, par ailleurs, cet album d’excellente facture…