Coming straight from Winterthur Walter Baumgarner (vocals, harmonica) & Lukas Schwengeler (acoustic guitar, dobro) are part of the rising generation of Bluesmen in Switzerland.
Walter Baumgartner started relatively lately to play the Blues and the harmonica: he was 27 years old. He however quickly catched his delay up, while playing on stage or in studio with artists like Double Trouble, Larry’s Blues Band, BlueCoustics, Ray Fein, Pippo Antonini & the Blues Train. But his untiring enthusiasm pushes him to launch many musical projects enabling him to explore this music by playing covers of great classic of the Blues in various configurations: Walt & the Blue Step, Walt’s Blues Box (a review will be published soon), and here Walter Baumgartner & Lukas Schwengeler for the album Acoustic Blues Drifter.
Lukas Schwengeler as for him, is especially known in the Swiss pop/rock world : he already played with Florian Ast, Michael Von Der Heide, Ivo, The Loops, was on TV with Joe Cocker and made the first part of Deep Purple’s concert this year.
Acoustic Blues Drifter is a collection of ballads sometimes intimist, sometimes dynamic, but always melodic. Musically speaking, this generous album of 13 titles smells good the traditional, simple and pure Blues in the way of Robert Johnson and Keb Mo' (with covers of Keb Mo', Eric Bibb and some traditionnal songs), with some touches of Jazz (for example with the beautiful instrumental "Watch him Fly").
The main interest of this album lies in 2 points: first of all the fact that for the first time, Walter & Lukas recorded their own compositions (7 of 13). And strong titles like « Ain’t No Trouble », « Harp Boogie » and « If taxes were low » support without any problem the comparison with compositions of other great Blues artists. And this is really a pleasure to hear these songs !
Then, a communicative freshness and spontaneousness which knew to be collected at the time of the recording and which make of it a disc really pleasant to listen. A beautiful success, all in smoothness, which makes us hope that these two gentlemen will continue their collaboration for a long time, and propose us very soon some other compositions of their own.