Boomkat Product Review:
Death Is Not The End turn their attention to Kosta Dousas on Greek Blues In America Vol. 2, following their excellent George Katsaros’ compilation. Again, as with most things Rembetika and Greek Blues-related, we’re transfixed by the mournful vocals and lyrical guitar lilt. Time to crack out the worry beads…
“Death Is Not The End present a two-part collection centred on two emigrant Greek artists recorded in New York during the 1920s and 1930s.
'Greek Blues in America' explores the recordings of George Katsaros and Kostas Dousas, who mainly recorded solo, accompanying themselves on guitar in a unique finger-picking style. This, along with the sub-cultural subject matter of the rebetiko, reflects somewhat of a cross-continental echo of the American blues - captured in the USA following a wave of immigration from Greece and Asia Minor, just as the new demand for regional and ethnographic music in the recording industry was beginning.”