NO MORE BLUE MONDAYS
I’VE NEVER BEEN TO SEMINARY–NO MORE BLUE MONDAYS–FIRST FRUITS–DRIFT AWAY–I GOT JESUS NAME–MY GOD–HE IS THERE–MY FRIEND JESUS–MY HELP
Landon Spradlin is a big-voiced singer and sharp guitarist with a message to deliver and a story to tell. His latest album is actually a re-release of a set recorded in Britain some twenty years ago. It is entitled “No More Blue Mondays,” and has Landon and Norman Barratt on guitars, Dave Markee on bass, Henry Spinetti on drums, and Dan Cutrona on keys. If some of those names sound familiar, it’s because most of them recorded with Eric Clapton for several years. (Our favorite from that era was Clapton’s live “Just One Night” album, sho’nuff a good one!)
Now for the caveat. If anyone reading this is offended or otherwise put-upon by the beliefs, messages, or teachings of Christianity, consider yourselves warned. Landon Spradlin is a born again, bought by the Blood, receiver of the Holy Word, and acceptor of Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. It just so happens that he uses the core structures of the blues patterns to help spread the gospel, odd as it may sound on the surface.
You gotta listen to these blues to get the gist of what Landon is doing here. Starting off is a cover of Dan Smith’s “I’ve Never Been To Seminary, but I’ve been to Calvary,” recounting the story of the Crucifixion and subsequent rebirth and redemption. Landon’s personal touch adds a new perspective to Dobie Gray’s iconic “Drift Away,” and features a sweet gospel backing chorus.
Landon has some fun with the rockabilly groove of “I Got Jesus Name,” even tho “I ain’t got no money/I ain’t got no fame,” while Dan’s piano paints a somber sonic portrait as Landon proclaims that, no matter if “all is well, or I make my bed in Hell,” “He Is There.” The set closes on a purely-joyous Sunday-morning stomp, with Dan’s organ and James Gosney on the tambourine, as Landon proclaims “My Help comes from the Lord!”
Our favorite was the title cut. It is a monster slow-blues jam that traces the reason he has “No More Blue Mondays”–it’s because he’s been “down to the river, to receive His Holy Word!”
This was a refreshing release, indeed, coming at a time when this country desperately needs some spiritual guidance. Landon Spradlin uses his musical gift of “No More Blue Mondays” in a very positive way to show how his life has been changed so much for the better. It earns a resounding “AMEN!!” Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.