Jim Roberts And The Resonants review…May 11, 2017…

JIM ROBERTS AND THE RESONANTS

BENEATH THE BLOOD MOON

KKP RECORDS

BENEATH THE BLOOD MOON–DOG DONE BIT MY BABY–TUPELO FOOL–BAYOU BEAU–MAY ALL YOUR REGRETS BE SMALL–GOLD TRAIN FEVER–RED LIPS AND HIGH HEELS–SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY–DARK DOWN IN THE DELTA–THE HELLHOUND’S DUE

Jim Roberts has been writing and performing since the Seventies.  He took some time off in the Nineties to be a father, and held down a job as police officer for a time.  But, as we all know, once the blues is in you, it’s got to come out, and he is back in full-swing with his latest set, for KKP Records, “Beneath The Blood Moon.”  Along with his band, The Resonants, listeners are treated to ten cuts that are steeped in blues, boogie, Southern-rock, and, gritty, rocked-up Americana, all punctuated by his gruff vocals and over-the-top slide and cigar-box guitar work.

Good ole Southern-fried blues-rock has always drawn from the myths and legends that are as much a part of this region as the folks themselves.  Jim conjures up a healthy dose of ’em throughout this set, too.  Everybody knows a girl like the one who “leads the choir in adoration” on Sunday, but, the night before, was on the pole at the local strip club, wearin’ those “Red Lips And High Heels,” in a song dealing with man’s eternal temptation.  “Gold Train Fever” recalls an Old West train robber who pays the ultimate price for his wages of sin, and is jacked-up by Jim’s fiery slide.  And, be wary of the Spanish moss near old River Road, which just might be a hiding place for ol’ “Bayou Beau,” with “eyes glowin’ red and the head of a toad.”

Our favorites bookended the set.  First up, Jim turns that slide a-loose on the story of slaves seeking freedom along the Underground Railroad, following “Big Muddy up to Illinois,” “Beneath The Blood Moon.”  And, the set closes down at the Crossroads, with killer acoustic slide, stompin’ percussion, and Felix Flanagan’s mournful harp preachin’ the tale of the deal that went down, and giving “The Hellhound’s Due!”

Jim Roberts And The Resonants combine excellent musicianship with powerful, down-to-earth songcrafting that will, indeed, resonate with a broad audience.  “Beneath The Blood Moon” has it all, fans!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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