Preacher Boy’s second album of 2016 sees him hollerin’ and pickin’ his way through a bunch of country blues covers on his trusty 1936 National Resophonics. He’s allowed himself no accompaniment and no overdubs.
It kicks off with Robert Johnson’s If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day about a man whose woman has done left him and he ain’t too happy about it. There’s nothing quite like the sound of glass on steel when this type of instrument is played this well with a slide and it’s immediately exciting! Modern recording techniques also allow us to enjoy all the nuances which were muffled in the primitive early recordings of these songs. Nice!
Next up is Bukka White’s Fixin’ To Die, a fast number which alternates between picking and strumming to considerable effect. Spoonful Blues is not the better known Willie Dixon song. I think it’s either Mississippi John Hurt or Charley Patton. Another version of the hardy perennial Stagolee is followed by Maggie Campbell, a Tommy Johnson number in which Preach demonstrates he also knows how to blow a mean blues harp. Another Bukka White classic, Shake ‘Em On Down, features a very tasty instrumental break. Death Don’t Have No Mercy was originally by the Reverend Gary Davis and is probably my favourite track, maybe because it has an especially strong melody and more coherent lyrics than most of the others! There are a lot of songs about death on here, and the final track, Blind Willie Johnson’s Jesus, Make Up My Dyin’ Bed, is clearly no exception. I think Preach has always been a little drawn to the dark side… This is a very strong collection which breathes new life into some very old tunes. You won’t get tired of listening to it in a hurry unless you’re a fool.
- Original Release Date: November 12, 2016
- Release Date: November 12, 2016
- Label: Coast Road Records
- Copyright: 2016 Preacher Boy
- Total Length: 32:27
- ASIN: B01NA6EVWH
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,692 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)