Benjamin Jason Douglas review…August 9, 2018….

BENJAMIN JASON DOUGLAS

FIRST WORLD BLUES

FLOUR SACK CAPE RECORDS

TENT POLE–BEAT BLACK AND BLUE COLLAR BLUES–WALKING DOWN THE GRAIN–RAGGEDY ANDY WILLIAMS–DOC RED BLUES–DIGGING A STIGMATA–FUNNY FEELING–TCHOUPITOULAS–STREET PREACHER–GLORIA

East Nashville resident Benjamin Jason Douglas has just completed his long-anticipated debut album, “First World Blues,” for Flour Sack Cape Records.  Originally from just outside of Baltimore, Benjamin has a vocal style that has seen its fair share of East Nashville’s most potent potables, and, musically, he stands squarely in the middle of the see-saw, one move away from the drunkenness of Saturday night or the redemption of Sunday morning.  That vibe is the common thread that holds this sweet ride together.

The Sunday-morning side of Benjamin leads off, as our hero has found Jesus somewhere other than outside Tootsie’s or Robert’s, and vows to be a “Tent Pole in the big tent revival” of life.  Looking back over a life of might-have-beens is the story of the “Street Preacher,” and he further waxes philosophically on life and love in “Doc Red Blues,” where he’s in “no hurry to get to where I’ve already been!”  And, that first love really never dies, even tho she left you “more alone than an Elliott Smith song,” that “Funny Feeling I’m not over feeling funny over you!”

These are all gems, but one stood out for us.  When the dissolution of property is all that remains, and “the wedding album is yours to burn,” the only question is, “how did you expect the Raggedy Andy Williams love story to end?”  It’s poignant, and, heart-tuggingly-humorous at the same time.

Whether he’s on a fast train to Heaven or a slow boat to Hell, Benjamin Jason Douglas will grab you and hold on.  His characters are those souls lookin’ for that one magical gig that’ll turn their fortunes, but, alas, the brass ring is always just out of reach.  Pour yourself one for Saturday nights long past, and redeem yourself on Sunday morning with “First World Blues!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

 

 

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