First Steven Georgiou then Cat Stevens then Yusuf Islam. His name may have changed but his knack for writing great tunes hasn’t. Yusuf/Cat Stevens had dropped out of making music for more than 28 years before releasing two albums under the name Yusuf. It’s been 5 years since the last one, Roadsinger. With such gaps, one might think, that’s it, they have totally written off writing or performing. Well not so fast. Yusuf/Cat Stevens did take all those years off to focus on family, but after hearing his latest, “Tell 'Em I’m Gone,” Cat is back. This album goes back to his musical inspirations, American Blues and R&B that he loved. In fact he covers some of the greats like, Jerry Reed’s Big Boss Man, Edgar Winter’s Dying To Live, a song he used to listen to while touring in the 70’s that he says is a “hidden gem...so underrated” and one of his favorite songs, Procol Harum’s The Devil Came From Kansas. Cat has said this album pays tribute to the grand masters of the blues.