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A bolt of lightning in a darkened world
on June 5, 2009
This disc is miraculous. It demonstrates unquestionably that the blues can be a vibrant, living musical form. The guitar licks and the song forms are each unique, with none of the common tactic of putting new words to essentially old music. The musicianship is good, but straightforward. The lyrics are simple but clever. Also, and most importantly, the lyrics (for the most part) convey a powerful message and the songs are sung with heartfelt emotion. There are a couple of fun romps (Fried Potatos and Persimmon Song), but in the main the songs bemoan the state of the world (sometimes with humor, as in Your Cousins on Cops) and our place in it. It's a rare disc that is moving, fun, and set to a pulse-pounding beat and slide guitar. For my taste, too many modern blues albums unimaginatively redo songs written decades ago. Some of those albums are good, but this disc takes the blues sentiment and thoughtfully and creatively applies it to our post-modern, post common sense life accompanied with music that is great to hear. My favorite songs are Everybody's Getting Paid But Me, John Hughes, Worn Out Shoe, and Your Cousins on Cops. Don't hesitate to buy this disc.