Bryan Lee review…November 30, 2018….

BRYAN LEE

SANCTUARY

EARRELEVANT RECORDS

FIGHT FOR THE LIGHT–THE GIFT–JESUS GAVE ME THE BLUES–U-HAUL–SANCTUARY–MR. BIG–ONLY IF YOU PRAISE THE LORD–DON’T TAKE MY BLINDNESS FOR A WEAKNESS–I AIN’T GONNA STOP–THE LORD’S PRAYER–JESUS IS MY LORD AND SAVIOR

Ever since the night Robert Johnson went down to the Crossroads and tried to flag a ride, there has been a constant pull of Good vs. Evil in the souls and hearts of bluesmen everywhere.  Bryan Lee has been blind since age eight, but has been playin’ that blues guitar all over the world since he was fifteen.  Not long ago, at a festival in Norway, he had a dream in which a full arrangement of “The Lord’s Prayer” came to him in his sleep. He got up the next day and laid it down note-for-note, but it would be some seven years before the song would make it onto wax, thanks to producer Steve Hamilton.  During this period, Bryan found eternal salvation thru our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and professes that love and the change it has made within him thru the eleven originals that make up his brilliant “Sanctuary.’

Bryan leads off with “a little New Orleans groove,” proclaiming “Satan is a liar,” and vows to “Fight For The Light, Jesus is gonna take you higher!”  In “The Gift,” he knows from whom his musical talent comes, and, in this musical autobiography, tells us that, as far as the blues, “that’s all I know,” and willingly shares his gift with us fans.  He keeps that NOLA vibe flowing with a true statement regarding our mortality and worldly things, “I ain’t never saw no U-Haul behind a hearse,” with Jimmy Voegli on piano.

Bryan has completely turned his life around, spiritually and musically, and, as you can hear on these cuts, he does so without sounding pretentious or holier-than-thou.  Two great examples of this close the set, and serve as our favorites.  Up first is the soulful, sanctified read of “The Lord’s Prayer” that inspired this set, as Bryan begs to be worthy enough to bring forth “the words that Jesus said.”  The set closes on a stone message of positivity where every band member takes a solo.  Yes, yes—“Jesus is my superstar,” and sho’ nuff, “Jesus Is My Lord And Savior!”  This one swings right on up to St. Peter’s gate!

Bryan Lee’s been to those Crossroads, but he’s come out on the other side as a better man.  Dig the righteous blues from the “Sanctuary!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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