Joshua Jacobson review…July 27, 2017….

JOSHUA JACOBSON

GOOD LITTLE THING

FATMOUTH RECORDS FRCD 1001

BABY’S MAMA REALLY DON’T CARE–CODEPENDENT KATIE–LONG LONESOME DAY–PISTOL PACKIN’ PAPA–TWERKIN LI’L MAMA–BIPOLAR MAMA–TICKET AGENT–YOU DON’T LOVE ME–ITS A GOOD LITTLE THING–HIDE ME IN THY BOSOM–MIND BLOWIN’ BLUES–BABY IT MUST BE LOVE–CROSS THE RIVER OF JORDAN

Joshua Jacobson is a young Georgia blues man with an old-school soul.  Skilled in the Piedmont-style of blues, this fine guitarist and storyteller has taken some modern-day subjects and mixed them with his authentic style to create a sho’ nuff “Good Little Thing,” thirteen cuts fairly evenly-split between covers and Joshua’s clever originals done up in his inimitable picking style.  Plus, his backing ensemble is as good as they come.

Leading off is one of Joshua’s original, topical-themed songs, where “Daddy’s just doin’ the best he can, but Baby’s Mama Really Don’t Care,” with cool honky-tonkin’ piano from Chris Flowers.  Next up is another original, the story of ol’ “Codependent Katie,” this one featuring harp from a fellow we’ve known since his days as a bass man for Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin, Mookie Brill.  A bit later, we are introduced to another of Joshua’s many flawed characters, this girl a stone “Bipolar Mama, much too manic for me!”

If you look at the careers of players such as Blind Willie McTell, Son House, and several others, it seems they all were aware that Judgment Day could come at any time, and they all had a bit of the Gospel in their repertoire, just in case.  So it is with Joshua, too, as we are treated to “Hide Me In Thy Bosom,” with Damon Fowler on slide guitar, and the set-closer, just Joshua, his voice, and his slide and 12-string,  “I’ve got to Cross The River Of Jordan on my own.”

We settled on two of Joshua’s originals as our favorites.  Up first, adding an electric element to the proceedings, is the legendary Dickie Betts, still pickin’ on that red guitar, as Joshua weaves the tale of a “Pistol Packin’ Papa,” who “ain’t afraid to let that hammer fall.”  And, by far the most humorous cut on the set is that sexy, “Twerkin’ Little Mama,” who “went to Congress and twerked so hard she repealed Obamacare!!”

Joshua Jacobson channels the stories common in today’s news thru the sepia tones of his authentic Piedmont sounds.  As he himself sings, he’s a “tailor-made” bluesman and “ain’t no hand-me-down,” and “Good Little Thing” is a high-spirited, fun listen!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

 

 

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