Paradise Blues

John Akapo

Mensch House Records 2018

Review by David Bowling


There are many paths to becoming a blues artist but few have taken the route of Taumei “Big John” Akapo. He spent his childhood in Alaska. his coming of age in American Samoa, and is now a presence in Hawaii. He has fused his Island influences with his love of the Delta Blues to create a different brand of traditional blues.

Akapo is an imposing man with a smooth, light, and precise sound. He now brings that sound to his album Paradise Blues.

His new album consists of seven original tunes plus three classic blues songs by Muddy Water, Tommy Johnson, and a soulful version of Robert Johnson’s “Ramblin’ On My Mind.”

If you like your blues with an island twist, then Paradise Blues by John Akapo is an album for you.

Rating: ***