TREATEDANDRELEASED RECORDS TR 008
HOLY BREATHING BLUES–PREACHIN ABOUT THE ANCESTORS–SEE THAT MY GRAVE IS KEPT CLEAN–PREACHIN ABOUT LIFE AND DEATH–IN MY TIME OF DYIN–PREACHIN ABOUT THE SILVER LINING–PREACHIN BLUES–PREACHIN ABOUT THE PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATION–KISS–PREACHIN ABOUT LUXURY PROBLEMS–ALL I GOT IS NOW–PREACHIN ABOUT TIME–WISH I WAS IN HEAVEN SITTING DOWN–PREACHIN ABOUT ENJOYING YOUR TIME ON PLANET EARTH–IT’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT–GRINNIN IN YOUR FACE
Reverend Freakchild has rapidly become one of our favorite artists, not only because of his primo guitar skills and clever songs, but also because we never know in which direction his next project will take him. His latest is entitled “Preachin’ Blues,” and it came about in a typically-unique (for the Reverend, anyways!) manner.
Seems that, on a recent excursion to San Francisco, all his gear was stolen. He bought another National Resonator guitar and ended up in the studios of KBOO in Portland, OR, where these acoustic tracks were laid down in July of 2016.
Using just the Resonator, his harp, and voice, the Reverend tackles versions of songs made popular by some of the pre-WWII Delta masters, as well as a few of his own compositions, and a couple of unusual ones. The between-song banter, consisting of the Rev’s take on life, death, spirituality, and other things, is priceless as well as entertaining.
Highlights for us included his version of a song done “in honor of the Ancestors who came before,” a chilling version of Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean,” Son House’s “Preachin’ Blues,” which follows his take on the “silver lining” of finding this Resonator guitar, and a more contemporary tune, R. L. Burnside’s “Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down.” The Rev’s guitar-pullin’ is in top form here.
We still had two favorites. the set closes with a strictly a capella version of “Grinnin In Your Face” done live at a Berlin blues club in 2013 in front of a very appreciative audience! And, it is surprising to find out the number of contemporary artists who have been influenced by Prince Rogers Nelson. As such, the Rev. takes “Kiss” and breaks it down to its bare, bluesy essence, thus turning it into a stone juke joint romp!
The Reverend Freakchild urges us all to enjoy the time we have here on Planet Earth. His sage looks at everything will make you smile as well as philosophize about things in general. All of this is set over a sweet one-man acoustic blues soundtrack that only he could pull off! As you enjoy “Preachin’ Blues,” please also take time to listen to his essay included on this enhanced CD, which ties in the concept of transcendence with music, entitled “Buddha And The Blues!” Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.