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 “The band’s new record has three things current blues records often lack: great songs, a sense of mystery, and the concept of a record as a work of art in and of itself, and not just as a recorded bar performance.” – Michael Ross, Guitar Player

“Drozdowski and his Scissormen are adept in walking the line between purism and innovation. The band brings a reckless raw energy that drips with honeysuckle wine and the stifling yet comfortable humidity of the Deep South.  There is mysticism and mystery in the music.” — Joe Wolfe-Mazeres, No Depression

• “Admirers of Drozdowski’s guitar pyrotechnics will find much to savor throughout. Forward-looking, yet anchored firmly in its roots, Love & Life reinforces the status of Ted Drozdowski's Scissormen as one of the most outstanding bands on the scene.” — Melanie Young, Living Blues

• “A guitar player and songwriter of authority and heartfelt passion. This album proves how Drozdowski can tug at parameters, mixing seemingly disparate elements to make fresh, innovative music that’s unapologetically rooted in tradition.” —Rick Allen, Vintage Guitar Magazine

“Ted Drozdowski does a first rate job penning excellent songs. This is not a cookie cutter blues album and may take more than one listen to fully grasp. It is worth the effort. Their energy and innovation carry over to the stage too.” – Rex Bartholomew, Blues Blast Magazine

“Drozdowski’s Scissormen cut through the bullshit, with a contemporary cosmic blues drenched in reverb and the dark bayou demons that inhabit each day. Love & Life isn’t your typical virtuoso release. It’s the fulcrum wherein Drozdowski pairs his devotion to a music whose roots run deeper than democracy with his historian’s fervor. And I could go on, but why? If you’re reading this then you’re not listening to Love & Life and that’s the whole damn point, ain’t it?” — Mark Jurkovic, Elmore Magazine

 “Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen are unquestionably authentic. With touchstones from a century of blues and a plethora of rock styles, to pull it off with such élan is particularly noteworthy. The roller coaster ride he creates in the process is the cherry on the cake.” — Don Wilcock, American Blues Scene

“It’s an album that is rooted in the deepest of blues yet explores the outer edges of the cosmos. True to form, on Love & Life Drozdowski uses the deep, hard hill-country blues of R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough as a starting point, then lets the music roam where it needs in order to make a truly modern statement. There's an added shade of tone and color that separates him from the blues pack, and a broader palette than what we've come to expect from folks working within the blues tradition. It's this willingness to buck the status quo while taking the music all the way back to its roots that makes Love & Life (and the live show that accompanies it) so damn enthralling.” — Sean Maloney, The Nashville Scene

• “Drozdowski favors evolution over replication, and with Scissormen, he offers up an idiosyncratic roar rather than a sonic museum piece. … Drozdowski’s intensity and slide guitar mastery are on full display, and interview segments reveal Drozdowski as a uniquely visceral scholar.” — Peter Cooper, The Nashville Tennessean

• “Ted Drozdowski is a trippy guitar player.” — Otis Taylor, Blues Music Award-winning guitarist/songwriter

• “In the traditional arts, all artists of note take what came before them and make it their own, incorporating their own interests, personalities and innovations. Nowhere has that been more true than in the blues, where Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, Junior Kimbrough, and hundreds of others have taken what they were given and filtered it through their own times, their own backgrounds, and their own DNA. Among the artists doing that today is blues guitarist Ted Drozdowski, whose blazing covers of Delta and Hill Country standards – as well as his own clever originals – have made him the unchallenged Arsonist of the Blues. If the Devil is still partial to red-hot Mississippi bluesmen, he has to be pretty darn happy with the firestorm known as the Scissormen.” — Robert Mugge, award-winning music documentary filmmaker

• “Like the Black Keys, Scissormen leader Ted Drozdowski is a white guy raised in a depressed Northern city who’s drawn to the haunting and primal sounds of the Delta. But while the sound of his hipster counterparts from Akron bears a certain retro fetishism, Drozdowski’s music is a little more forthright and a little less, well, du jour. It’s also raw, hypnotic and occasionally jarring.” — Jack Silverman, The Nashville Scene

• “Not content to play with just a slide on his pinkie finger, Drozdowski climbed up on the bar and played with knives and forks; he got down on his knees on the floor and played with an empty ashtray; he interrupted someone’s meal in the café next door to play with their dinner plate.” — Buzz McClain, The Washington Post