Review: Chicago Blues Guide

Josh Hyde – Parish Blues 

JHR Records 

A stylish singer/songwriter who spent his youth in Baton Rouge, La., where he regularly appeared at Tabby Thomas’ club, The Blues Box, Josh Hyde delivers an interesting, intimate mix of Gulf Coast blues and roots on his latest disc -- a long-awaited follow-up to his well-received 2019 offering, Into the Soul. 

Influenced by slide guitarist Sonny Landreth, Josh delivers tasty, pyrotechnic-free runs on the six-string throughout with solid backing from keyboard player Jimmy Wallace, drummer Jamey Bell and bassist Shawn Stroope. Former New Orleans fixture Rockin’ Jake guests on harmonica. 

This one eases out of the gate with the emotion-packed “Where to Start” and “Since You Left.” Other relationship-based pleasers include “I Can’t Leave the Night,” “Holding on to Dreams,” “Stuck in a Rut,” “So Long,” “All Alone Again” and “So Sweet.”