MY ROOTS ARE SHOWING
GREAT TIME COMIN’–ONE MORE RIVER–IN MY DREAMS–SLOW DANCIN’ BAREFOOT–MARY ELLIS–BREAK SOMEONE ELSE’S HEART–BETTER DO SOMETHING ‘BOUT THAT–INCANDESCENT LIGHTBULB BLUES–MY BABY’S GONE
For the last 25 years or so, Andy B. (Bernstein) has been the driving force behind roots-rockers The VooDUDES. When they recently celebrated the quarter-century mark as a band, Andy realized he had several songs that didn’t quite musically “fit in” with the sound the ‘DUDES were creating. But, the expanding Americana, blues-rock, and other niches’ were a perfect forum for these cuts, nine of which comprise “My Roots Are Showing.” Luckily, he discovered us thru fellow bluesman Bob Lanza, and these showcase his writing versatility across several genres.’
We were unfamiliar with Andy, and much had been made of his vocals, with one scribe comparing his voice to a “whiskey bottle lined with gravel.” As for us, we likened him to more of a “full-grown baritone” along the lines of Music City legend Webb Wilder.
The set begins waaaay back in history 3000 years or so, with Moses standing on the Rock and declaring “let my people go,” and ends with a clarion call for peace and unity, knowing the end may be “closer than it seems,” “Great Time Comin.” Gary Ambrosy adds a fine touch on the dobro, too. Next up is the Sun-drenched gospel-rockabilly of “One More River,” with Jesus, Moses, Buddha and Mohammed all “sittin’ at the table!”
A couple of cool Fifties-inspired tunes are up next, “In My Dreams,” which features accordion from the set’s producer, John Pittas, and wailin’ sax from John Asti. Then there’s one for all the lovers out there who enjoy “Slow Dancin’ Barefoot On Valentine’s Day!”
Our favorite was easy. That fiddle from Perry Leandro adds a ragtimey feel to Andy’s ode to Thomas A. Edison and his “Incandescent Light Bulb Blues,” that “don’t burn in Jersey no more!”
Our only wish for “My Roots Are Showing” is that it could’ve been a little longer. Andy B. draws from blues, soul, gospel, and rock to bring fans a strong collection of tunes that will undoubtedly appeal to a broad cross-section of fans! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.