This is a fantastic piece of work. These versions are totally reincarnated and Elli De Mon make them her. It's raw and rough, the way I like "my" blues. The fact that these tunes were from blueswomen is still more interesting. Our times are really exciting with all this female part of the art being at last reevaluated and rediscovered. The version of "Blue Spirit Blues" is really stunning. One of the best albums of the year for sure.
Favorite track: Blue Spirit Blues.
𝓘f the wayfaring wraith of the almighty Blues marks its messengers through time and tribulation, then Ellie de Mon is most surely its in vogue vessel in song and stance, channeling sovereigns past with exhilarating clarity. 'Countin' the Blues' is a hand, soul and voice reaching across time and finding there the embrace of kindred songsmiths and spirits. A triumphant realization of title and technique.
Favorite track: Dope Head Blues.
Elli de Mon, for the best part of the past decade she’s been thrilling blues audiences across Europe with her unique take on the form. To say she’s a blues singer or blues guitarist is putting it waaay too simply: rezophonic guitar, drums, bells, voice and saturated sound – she is, in every sense, a real one woman band.
Strongly influenced by the primordial blues tradition (Bessie Smith, Fred Mc Dowell, Son House) crosshatched with primitive garage punk, Elli’s sound is shaped into a lysergic journey through her soul. Sharing stages with the likes of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Reverand Beatman and Cedric Burnside, she’s released six albums since 2014, most recently a split release with the wonderfully-named psych-blues trio Daily Thompson.
During her pregnancy Elli wrote a book about the women blues artists of the 20s. The book Countin’ The Blues: Indomitable Women was published in February 2020. Elli decided to record the songs that she wrote about in the book, in tribute to these great women, whose art has been forgotten by most.
Her first album for Area Pirata Records, Countin’ The Blues features ten songs: some, such as Elizabeth Cotten’s ‘Freight Train’ or Bessie Smith’s ‘Blue Spirit Blues’ might be considered standards.
But the album contains also some lost treasures, unearthed by Elli and brought back into the light of day.
released June 19, 2021
Recorded at Lesder Studio, Treviso with engineer Tommaso Mantelli, Elli accompanied herself on guitar, lapsteel, organ, drums and sitar. She arranged the whole album in a new key, close to her personal punkish style. A modern Ma Rainey playing dirty rock‘n’roll!
Elli de Mon: guitars, lapsteel guitar, organ, sitar, dilruba, drums, vox.
Giusi Pesenti: spoons on Wayward Girl Blues
Cover Photo: Denis Ulliana
Design: Riccardo Bucchioni