HIT IT HARD
ROADHOUSE REDEMPTION RECORDS
PICKIN’ YOUR BONES–LET’S GET DOWN–SENTENCED TO THE BLUES–NOT TIRED OF LIVING–COME BACK BABY–THE SOUL OF A MAN–BUTTER YOUR BISCUIT–DEADLY POISON–PAID VACATION–BLUES JOB–ANOTHER YEAR
We can attest to the fact that sometimes a lengthy hospital stay is a necessary evil to return you to some measure of good health and get you back into things you love to do. Thus, it is great to see singer Georgie Bonds recovered sufficiently from his recent hip surgeries to be back onstage to follow his credo to “Hit It Hard,” which just happens to be the title of his latest album.
It’s a look at life, love, trips down to the Crossroads and back, and the ultimate redemption that follows, all thru the eyes of a man that’s been there and has a story to tell us all. He leads this one off with a boisterous shuffle done as a tribute to his mentor, Sonny Rhodes. Neil Taylor lays down the guitar over Buddy Cleveland’s harp in the story of a no-good woman who’ll end up “Pickin’ Your Bones ’til Kingdom Come!” Sometimes we all get that feeling that our lives are a mundane grind, and we might be stuck in a “Blues Job,” but we all “gotta make some dough!” This one features some punchy sax from Dave Renz and Vanessa Collier. And, every worker looks forward to Friday at 5 PM, where we can all ‘get down with the gettin’ down,” a solid shot of dancefloor funk that is “Let’s Get Down.”
Georgie made some mistakes in his youth, owned up to them, and paid his debt. That period in his life is detailed in two songs. First up is a humorous look at his “Paid Vacation, at the State Penitentiary!” Neil’s slide runs are all over this one, too. The set closes with the first song Georgie wrote, a somber look at spending “Another Year” behind bars, with Buddy adding a mournful harp.
We had two favorites, too. “Renting space in your soul to haters is just like drinking Deadly Poison, wanting someone else to die,” is a stark reminder that holding a grudge leads only to trouble. And, a nothin-but-a-good-time shuffle is more of Georgie’s words to live by—“you gotta Butter Your Biscuit if you want that dough!”
Georgie Bonds does a great read on Blind Willie Johnson’s gospellish-blues that begs the musical question, “What is The Soul Of A Man?” We feel that listeners can find the answer to that elusive question within the depth and breadth of the grooves in “Hit It Hard!” Thanks for a great set, Georgie! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.