The Blue



As long as Jeff Maylin has been around the Detroit blues scene, it’s surprising that The Blue is his first solo project. It seems everybody who knows more than a couple tunes has a photo and a CD to pass out these days, so what gives?

Sometimes the better things in life take a little time to accomplish.

With a few welcome exceptions, Maylin’s songs — he wrote all but one — represent the sort of spare, raw, electric boogified/rockified blues that he has been known to do so well. Supported by a thumpin’ rhythm section that includes some special guest appearances by drummer Milton “Heavyfoot” Austin and Brothers Groove guitarist Erik Gustafson, Maylin’s rough-edged finger-style guitar playing and equally rough vocals cut like a ragged blade through worn fabric.

One of the hardest things for performers can be to translate their live essence onto a recording. Some will overcompensate and wind up sounding nothing like what the fans would recognize. Some others manage to maintain their basic sound but lose the spontaneity and spark that breathes the life and fire into the notes. Fear of making even the tiniest mistake can turn a well-intentioned CD project into an experience in sterility.

Maylin, in true Maylin fashion, demonstrates no fear of charging straight ahead. The result is a thoroughly enjoyable CD that will please old fans and newcomers alike.

E-mail Keith Owens at

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.