SILVER TONGUE RECORDS
BURN THAT WOMAN DOWN–MIGHTY RIVER–WAG THE DOG–NO FLESH IN OUTERSPACE–WHO’S GONNA RUN THIS TOWN–CLARKSDALE–YOU DID–THE HUNTER–TREE KNOCKIN’
Mississippi Bigfoot was formed in May of 2015 after a show at Ground Zero in Clarksdale. They combine elements of blues, rockabilly, punk, and the sounds of the Delta and all things in between and run it all up thru North Mississippi, on up to Memphis, then to Chicago. The result is the sparkling debut, “Population Unknown,” eight band originals and a too-cool cover that shows off their “hold nothin’ back” attitude.
Christina Vierra has one of those voices that’s powerful enough to tear the head off of one of Robert Johnson’s mythical hellhounds, and she makes this material come to life. She starts the set with the tale of the proverbial “woman scorned,” set over a burning slide guitar as she shoots her lover and “left him lyin’ in the drain,” “Burn That Woman Down.” “Wag The Dog” follows the stompin’ beat of the Hill Country, while Christina pours her heart out in the poignant, piano-driven ballad, “You Did.”
The slide-and-harp “endless boogie” rides that hellacious groove as Christina brings the heat on a cover of “The Hunter,” where “there won’t be no missin, when I get you in the sights of my love gun!” This one also features some fine twin-guitar interplay. That boogie groove stays steady in the set-closer, the swampy, spooky “Tree Knockin,” and its story of Mississippi Bigfoot, on the hunt for some good ole “blueberry moonshine!”
We had two favorites, too. A quirky, wah-wah guitar part fuels the story of “No Flesh In Outer Space,” ’cause “God made us from earth and mud.” And, “Clarksdale” is that place where, when the moon comes up, the deal goes down, and Johnny Holiday and Christina do a sweet duet as Johnny goes to “see that man in the middle of the road and give the devil his due!”
Mississippi Bigfoot takes the sounds of the South and neatly blends them together to make “Population Unknown” one of the most eclectic, varied, and enjoyable sets you’re likely to hear for quite some time! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.