Mr. Sipp review…April 14, 2017…

MR SIPP

KNOCK A HOLE IN IT

MALACO RECORDS  MCD 7551

KNOCK A HOLE IN IT–BAD FEELING–STALKING ME–SEA OF LOVE–GOTTA LET HER GO–GOING DOWN–BABY YOUR MINE–JUKE JOINT–STRINGS ATTACHED–TURN UP–LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE–LOVE YOURSELF–LITTLE WING

Castro Coleman is better-known to the blues and gospel community as that ol’ “Mississippi Blues Child,” Mr. Sipp.  Mississippi-born and raised,  he’s been involved in music all his life, beginning as a player in several gospel groups.  He joined the Malaco family in 2015, and is back with his latest set, a stomp-down good ‘un entitled “Knock A Hole In It.”  Sipp’s on guitar and vocals throughout, and that mighty axe cuts thru everything in its path over these thirteen originals.

Speaking of that axe, Sipp explains that he’s been “swinging it for thirty years” on the high-octane leadoff title cut, ready to “Knock A Hole In It.”  Next up is the gritty tale of a man with a “Bad Feeling that my baby’s got another man,” and then finds out the dangers of social media and somewhat over-zealous fans in a story that could only happen in the 21 st century, “Stalking Me.”

Sipp shows off his gospel roots with some mellow-riffic balladry on “Sea Of Love” and “Baby Your Mine,” and sho’ nuff gets his voodoo chile vibe on with “Going Down” and the set-closing “Little Wing,” which morphs into a sweet “Star Spangled Banner” at ’bout the six-minute mark.

Our favorite was easy.  Sipp is all about a good time, and where better can you have one than kickin’ it “down at the Juke Joint,” ridin’ that down-home riff for all it’s worth!

It wasn’t that long ago that another Southern soul legend, Theodis Ealey, urged us all to “Stand Up In It.”  Well, Mr. Sipp is poised to “Knock A Hole In It,” and, to paraphrase yet another very famous man, “you can bet your last money this one is a stone cold shot of sweet down-home blues!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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