Reviews and Awards
Blues Blast Magazine USA FEB 2015
"On his previous album Rehab & Camel South Australian left-handed guitarist Mick Kidd was in predominantly acoustic mode. This time around he has changed focus and mixes acoustic tracks with electric, supported on most tracks by drummer DD McGee and harp player David Blight; Mick sings, plays all guitars and bass and Emily Kelly provides backing vocals on one cut. Mick had a hand in all the material here with assistance on three songs.
On the last CD Mick’s voice was mixed a little too low but here he is clear and well suited to the material. The album opens with “What Don’t Kill You (Makes You Stronger)”, a mid-paced rocker with David’s harp to the fore. “Free Wheelin’ Feelin’” finds Mick on acoustic finger-picked guitar with slide as David blows sensitively on this gentle instrumental which he co-wrote, the drums also catching the feel with an understated performance. “When My Old Dog Died” is a co-write with Edward (not Elmore!) James, a duo performance with Mick on acoustic and David’s harp keening like a sad dog, Mick’s voice expressing the loss of an old friend. “Voice Inside” brings back the drums on a down-home piece about drinking and relationships. There are not many blues songs about heritage railway lines but Mick has written one in “Duke 621”, singing about a vintage steam train in Australia: “journey back in time on the oldest broad gauge line to a place in time when mighty locos run”. This one is a full production with backing vocals from Emily, buzzing harp from David and steady drumming from DD, Mick again on acoustic and bass.
“Loanshark Blues” was the title of a Rory Gallacher tune but this one is Mick’s, mining a similar vein to Rory in a catchy tune with Mick on electric rhythm and a tasty solo. “Sights Set On You” is another catchy blues while “Sawpit Gully Stomp” is a second instrumental, this time with an Eastern flavour. The tune (and opening verse) of “Tick Tock Blues” bears a strong similarity to Muddy’s “Trouble No More”. The album closes with the solo acoustic “I Just Can’t Hold On”, Mick being joined by co-writer David who adds a plaintive touch on his harp to make this a very effective tune. The addition of drums on some tracks and the quality of David Blight’s harp playing both add to Mick’s guitar and vocals to make a pleasant and interesting album which fans of acoustic and traditional blues will enjoy.
Reviewer John Mitchell is a blues enthusiast based in the UK who enjoys a wide variety of blues and roots music, especially anything in the ‘soul/blues’ category. Favourites include contemporary artists such as Curtis Salgado, Tad Robinson, Albert Castiglia and Doug Deming and classic artists including Bobby Bland, Howling Wolf and the three “Kings”. He gets over to the States as often as he can to see live blues. "
“Tight, disciplined & dynamic performance. Almost belies the fact it’s only 2 on stage, such is the power of delivery. It’s a mighty showcase of harmonica, flexible& versatile showcase of several different styles- nice mix in a varied, interesting set”- by David Sly-Adelaide I.B.C. judge, journalist at Adelaide Review.
"The Man is a fine guitarist & songwriter"- LUC MEERT- Rootsville, Belgium
“MICK KIDD is a solid acoustic guitar player & songwriter with feeling & charm. I enjoyed the discourse & stories he weaved, both lyrically & musically"- STEVE JONES- Crossroads Blues Society, Rockford, Illinois, U.S.A.
“Blight's atmospheric beds and subtle moody interjections were the perfect foil for Kidd's fast and furious picking and slide work.Both musicians have strong and authentic blues voices but they are poles apart. Kidd's vocal growl and Blight sustained pure notes complemented rather than competed. This was not what I was expecting, as the duo's sound filled the huge back room of the Gov with their skilled and assured musicianship. They presented intelligent, original songs with strong hooks that went well beyond the three chord trick that one might usually expect from blues songs.”- Ray Smith- broadwayworld.com
“Delivering some tasty original numbers interspersed with a few covers the guys showed us what masters they are on their particular instruments. Mick Kidd plays some tasty blues riffs on acoustic guitar with some extra special slide work thrown in for good measure. David Blight has played harmonica for Cold Chisel and he treated us to that sexy sound at The Gov, he’s a master of the harmonica and can really make it cry. The guys share the lead vocal roles and solo instrumental spots.”- Pete Wibberley- adelaidemusicmag.com
Harmonica legend (and Christmas Pageant float designer) Dave Blight, known mostly for his work with Cold Chisel, performed with Mick Kidd with a kick ass blues set that included Robert Leroy Johnson and Steve Winwood covers. Both masters of their craft, they let loose with a wall of thunderous blues that set the place on fire. Posted by Darren Hassan - Glamadelaide
2016 Quarter Finalist- International Blues Challenge, Memphis USA with David Blight
2015 Top 3 finalist-Adelaide Blues Album Of The Year for "Winter Sun"
2015 WINNER - Adelaide Roots & Blues Assoc. Inaugural “Memphis Blues Challenge” – solo/ duo category with Dave Blight
2014 – “DERRINGERS MUSIC S.A. BLUES AWARDS”
# WINNER- Outstanding Male Performer
# WINNER- Outstanding Solo/ Duo (with Dave Blight)
S.C.A.L.A. – (Songwriters, Composers & Lyricists Association)
2014 - # Highly Commended – Instrumental Section
2013 -# Commended – Demo Open
2012 -# Highly Commended – Lyrics
#Commended - Studio Open
2011 - #WINNER- Demo Open
# Highly Commended – Studio Open
2010 - #WINNER – Live Section
#WINNER – Studio Instrumental
#Commended – Studio Open
2009 -#Highly Commended – Demo Instrumental
# Commended – Studio Open
MUSICOZ – NATIONAL UN-SIGNED MUSIC AWARDS
2005 - # Top 5 Finalist (Blues Category) with “Bluestone”
2004 - # Top 10 Finalist (Blues Category) with “Bluestone”