Just a couple of times in the album you can detect that he's got a Scottish accent but otherwise you would think, well this guy's from somewhere down in Virginia or something and it was brilliant. I played it many, many times.
Mark Steel on Steve Lamaq's Round Table, BBC Radio 6 Music
... Scottish alt-bluesman Hughes' debut album is a caustic, fuzz-laden, lo-fi affair with gritty acoustic slide aplenty. Arresting.
Hughes puts his all into a performance commanding the stage, growling for all he's worth while turning out some awesome picking be it electric or acoustic.
Over the last few years, one of my favorite Blues artists out of the UK has been none other than Craig Hughes.
Blues Underground Network - 2012
A bear of a man he can be ferocious on the guitar but his bottleneck style and use of sustain reminded one of Zoot Horn Rollo’s instructions from the good Captain.
This kind of blues isn't for the faint-hearted ... it's as if a Blues line-up of Black Sabbath had decided to play Tom Waits with a hint of Velvet Underground.
Blues Matters! - 2010
Hughes is a guitarist first and foremost mixing raw blues, acoustic slide and electric to excellent effect ... gritty, raw and affecting with echoes of the Texas dust, fuzzed up psych and country and the low moan of the deep south.
The Mad Mackerel
Craig Hughes has placed himself firmly in the forefront of Raw, Straight Forward Blues.
Blues Underground Network - 2011
Craig Hughes kicks ass.
New Music Scotland
This is simply a brilliant album!
... thought provoking lyrics ... pure acid emotion ... haunting.
...if Quentin Tarantino was a blues singer, this is the kind of stuff he would be putting out
Blues Underground Network - 2010
Craig Hughes' angry, dark take on life will appeal to those who have open ears ... well worth checking out.
Blues Music the way it was meant to be played, down and dirty, no prisoners taken.
The Blues Report
...world-weary vocals, and a bottleneck guitar style that draws on the greats ... Son House, Muddy Waters, Blind Willie Johnson ... Alt.Blues lovers can buy with confidence.
Blues Matters! - 2009