Greek bluesman Paul Karapiperis is the front man for the band Small Blues Trap. He plays a mulitude of instruments, including guitar, harmonica, and bass, and has a very unique vision of the blues, which is evidenced from the very opening notes of his latest recording, One Sin In Seven Parts (Shelter Home Studios). This seven-song effort (actually one continuous song divided into seven parts, as the album title indicates) encompasses a wide variety of blues styles from traditional Mississippi Delta-based blues to the British blues-rock of the ’60s to the sweaty swamp blues of the Gulf Coast region.
From the opening track, the haunting “Welcome Boy,” with Karapiperis’ slide guitar and harp, along with the interesting percussion (including a metallophone and baglamas), you know this is not only something different, but something special, too. The somber “In This World of Madness” features acoustic slide guitar, and “Your Ticket To Adventure” begins with a taste of the electric Delta-fused boogie of John Lee Hooker before dropping into a more gentle vein.
“Callin’ Down The Riverside” features Karapiperis’ harmonica and his rugged, but powerful vocals, leading into “A Secret Place,” a track with starts out in a mellow acoustic vibe, but suddenly surges into blues-rock territory about midway through. The shimmering “Dig In Your Soul” has a country soul feel with some sharp skittering electric guitar licks mixed in with traditional harmonica. The closing tune, “The Dreamland’s Door,” is a slow blues that ends the disc with some jazzy liquidy electric guitar.
As a blues composition, One Sin In Seven Parts is the real deal, loaded with sweaty atmosphere and gritty soul. Karapiperis is a gifted musician and his rugged vocals really fit the bill on these tunes, with excellent support from the band as well. The entire sequence of songs can also be viewed as one video on YouTube, and is definitely worth a listen, as is the disc.