WHY I CHOOSE TO SING THE BLUES
HEAR AND NOW MUSIC
THE WOLF WILL HOWL AGAIN–TROUBLE ME NO MORE–THE EYES OF MISSISSIPPI–WHY I CHOOSE TO SING THE BLUES–THEY ALL FIND OUT–BROKE THE MOLD–AIN’T NUTHIN’ MORE ABOUT IT–SORRY?–WHO WILL TELL LUCILLE–BACK IN THE GAME–DON’T WASTE A WISH ON ME–TOO MUCH (BONUS TRACK)
Derrick Procell’s intention was to write songs along with Grammy-winner Terry Abrahamson for other artists. But, the positive feedback from the blues community was overwhelming for the man with the voice that lies somewhere between Delbert and Gregg Allman to make his own record. Derrick had already made a name for himself with previous sets released in the Americana genre’, but “Why I Choose To Sing The Blues” is his first foray into mainstream blues. Fans, it is one fine set, indeed. Derrick and Terry wrote or co-wrote all the cuts herein, and each man has a way with the lyrics on these cuts, all of them clever with that extra touch of wit and wisdom that only a bluesman can impart to us.
Terry Abrahamson’s ties to the blues community run deep, and several f his friends lend their talent on this album. You gotta love the cool story-in-song tribute to Chester Arthur Burnett, “The Wolf Will Howl Again, like the calling of a friend!” The legendary Eddie Shaw is on second vocal here, adding to this cut’s uniqueness. Another clever lyric deals with the four “Eyes Of Mississippi,” and how they are “all on you, seeing everything you do,” featuring deep Delta slide from Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin! And, Billy Branch blows up a storm on the harp as Derrick pleads to the Lord for a chance to get “Back In The Game!”
We had three favorites, too. A natch’l-born charmer, guilty of “sowing seeds just like a farmer,” has no regrets for anything, and “ain’t Sorry at all for things I can still recall!” A jumpin’ track built for the dance floor deals with trying to cover your tracks when you cheat on a lover, knowing full well that “Baby, They All Find Out!” And, the title cut tells us all we need to know about the blues, from “the drone of Bukka White” to “the boogie of John Lee,” and is Derrick’s reason for “Why I Choose To Sing The Blues.”
Want a history lesson on how the blues made it from the Delta to Memphis and up north to Chicago, Detroit, and beyond? Then let Derrick Procell tell you how the nitro meets the fuse on “Why I Choose To Sing The Blues!” Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.