Willie Jackson review…April 26, 2018….

WILLIE JACKSON

CHOSEN BY THE BLUES

JUST AN OLD DOG–BIG BONED WOMAN–I’LL THROW YOU BACK–SLEEPIN ON THE JOB–WHY YOU STILL MAD?–DIGGIN MY SHOVEL

Willie Jackson is a native of Savannah, GA, and he possesses one of those voices you just can’t help but enjoy.  It’s a big, bold, raised-up-in-the-church vocal delivery that fits well within any genre,’ but us fans are lucky he was “Chosen By The Blues.”  That’s the title of his all-original six-song EP, and Willie writes ’em from the heart, drawing much of his material from everyday experiences.

Joining Willie, we have John Willis on bass, Dillon Young on guitar, Paxton Eugene on drums, and Ace Anderson, who kicks some serious “ace” on the harp!  Leading off is one of those harp-filled, fine examples of some down-home blues, with “Just An Old Dog,” a waaay-cool “my baby left me for my brother” song!  Now, everybody knows the “sport fishin” is real good down in Savannah, but, even with a “heavy rod and reel,” it won’t be long until ol’ Willie will say, “I’ll Throw You Back!”  Ace is all up in that harp again on a story that plagues all us guys–“Why You Still Mad–I did everything I’m s’posed to do!”  He closes the set with the juke joint jump of a man who’s been “Diggin’ My Shovel–deep in yo’ sister’s backyard!”  It’s full of clever double-entendres’ guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a cut in your strut!

Our favorite was another of Willie’s clever looks at love.  That six hundred pounds of “Big Boned Woman broke my sofa, kitchen table, and my bed!”

Willie, we need to talk, man to man, soul brother to soul brother.  You know you’ve been “Chosen By The Blues,” and we know you are a tremendous writer.  The only drawback, albeit a small one, to this powerful stuff is the fact that, as soon as it started gettin’ real good to us, BAM–it was all over, way too fast.  Next time, PLEASE order up a double batch of this mighty potent brew!  Peace and love…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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