Jeff Dale and Jeff Stone review…May 1, 2017….

JEFF DALE AND JEFF STONE

THE SOUTHSIDE LIVES

PRO SHO BIDNESS   PSB 2349

HONEYBOY STORY–ROOSTER–THE SOUTHSIDE LIVES–HOOKED UP TO A PLOW–THE OLD BLUES HOTEL–THE DREAM–THE FIRST TIME I MET THE BLUES–THE BUS BROKE DOWN–TIGHT ASS MAMA–MUD ON MY SHOES–BROKE AND BURNED

Jeff Dale and Jeff Stone were both born on the South Side of Chicago, and have been friends since the age of seven.  In the neighborhood where they grew up, one could not help but be exposed to the enriching sounds of Muddy, Walter, and ol’ Theodore Roosevelt Taylor, among many others.  Tho their musical paths have taken a variety of twists and turns over the years, that South Side fire still burns deeply in the both of ’em.  That brings us to their all-acoustic latest release, “The Southside Lives.”  Jeff Dale is all over the various guitars and vocals, with Jeff Stone on harp.

These eleven Jeff Dale originals were inspired by personal experiences and life-altering events, and they run from the humorous to the deeply-personal.  Jeff Dale produced the DVD of Honeyboy Edwards’ last live performance, and Honeyboy was one of his mentors.  Jeff Stone got his start at the legendary Los Angeles venue, Babe And Ricky’s Inn, and has a Blues Award to his credit.

Speaking of Honeyboy, the “Honeyboy Story” leads off.  A tale of arrest in Hixson, TN, for vagrancy, which carried “a penalty of “20 days in jail and a 20 dollar fine” was inspired by Jeff’s friendship with him, while “The Old Blues Hotel” goes out to those who make a living traveling from town to town playing the blues.  “Hooked Up To A Plow” is another song idea from Honeyboy, regarding a life of manual labor just to feed your family.  This one features bass from Pat Ciliberto and drums from Wendysue Rosloff.  The set closes with a tribute to the Rev. Gary Davis, and is a take-off on the age-old adage of “I hope I’ll be in Heaven five minutes before the devil knows I’m dead,” entitled “Broke And Burned.”

We had two favorites, too, and each are as far apart as the Biblical East is from the West.  First up, check out Jeff Stone’s cool harp intonations as Mr. Dale sings of an annoying neighbor’s “Rooster,” who dutifully crows every morning at 4 AM!  And, the somber, stately, heartfelt, “Mud On My Shoes from my mother’s grave,” and now “my Rock has gone away” is a loving ode to his late mother, who supported his music and instilled within him to grow up colorblind as far as racial prejudices were concerned.  His playing is reverent, and strikes a deep personal chord.

The latest set from Jeff Dale and Jeff Stone proves one thing–no matter where life’s highway leads, “you can take the boy out of the South Side, but inside, “The Southside Lives!”   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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