The Reverend Shawn Amos review…June 9, 2014…

THE REVEREND SHAWN AMOS

TELLS IT

PUT TOGETHER RECORDS

HOODOO MAN BLUES–(THE GIRL IS) HEAVY–I’M THE FACE–SOMETHING INSIDE OF ME–GOOD MORNING, SCHOOL GIRL–SOMETIMES I WONDER

Bluesman Shawn Amos is the son of former William Morris agent Wally “Famous” Amos, (yes, the cookie mogul!), and R & B vocalist Shirlee May.  He cites his biggest influence was just being around the L. A. scene as a young man which led to him producing and performing with Solomon Burke.  As such, he has dedicated his lsatest release, a six-song EP entitled “Tells It” to Burke’s memory.

Shawn is also an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, and his ability to “testify” translates well onto the groovres of these four covers and two originals.  Shawn is on harp and vocals, with Don Medina on drums, Chris Roberts on guitar, Ed Terrio on bass, and Anthony Marinelli on keys.

And, testify he does, about his amazing lover, “(The Girl Is) Heavy,” not in the “kilogrammatical” sense, but, let’s just say that everything she does, she sho’ nuff does it good!  Cool accompaniment comes in the form of Chris’ vibrato guitar and funky B-3 from Anthony.  Shawn’s harp takes center stage on a swampy, Excello-fied take on the Who’s “I’m The Face,” as Shawn turns up the swagger over Don’s pounding backbeat.  And, Shawn treats us to a bit of upper-register falsetto on his vocal in the stripped-down slow-burn of Elmore James’ “Something Inside Of Me,'” with Chris’ guitar ringin’ like a bell over the whole thang.

As for favorites, we gravitated toward the first and the last.  Shawn again channels that braggadocio of Jumior Wells in a burnin’ read of “Hoodoo Man Blues,” with his harp unleashed and Chris doin’ his best Buddy Guy-amped-thru-the-Leslie interpretation.  And, the set-closing original, “Sometimes I Wonder,” is a perfect example of Shawn’s R & B influences.  When he sings tthis one, he digs deeply into his soul, telling his lover that “you’re gonna see what my love can do!!”   For us, this one ended much too soon…..

The Reverend Shawn Amos had a literay “blues Epiphany,” and the strong, testifyin’ vocals in this set are honest, sincere, and full of the passion he brings to all his endeavors.  Sho’ nuff, Shawn Amos “Tells It” like it is!!  Until next time…sheryl and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society.

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