Big Daddy Wilson review…April 19, 2019…

BIG DADDY WILSON

DEEP IN MY SOUL

RUF RECORDS   RUF 1259

I KNOW–AIN’T GOT NO MONEY–MISSISSIPPI ME–TRIPPING ON YOU–I GOT PLENTY–HOLD ON TO OUR LOVE–DEEP IN MY SOUL–I’M WALKING–CRAZY WORLD–REDHEAD STEPCHILD–VOODOO–COULDN’T KEEP IT TO MYSELF

Big Daddy Wilson was born in North Carolina, but found his fame in an unlikely place–the continent of Europe, where he released several albums, the most recent being “Neck Bone Stew” from 2017.  However, while working on the early stages of his latest album, down in Memphis in 2018, alongside guitarist Laura Chavez and bassist Dave Smith, the whole thing came together in two places–first, down in West Tennessee at Jim Gaines’ Bessie Blue Studio in Stantonville, and finishing up on the hallowed ground of Muscle Shoals at the FAME Studios.  The result is an exuberant homecoming for Big Daddy, entitled “Deep In My Soul” for Ruf Records.

In most cases, Big Daddy opts for a more acoustic sound, but he pulled out all the stops, employing a full band for this set, accentuating that larger-than-life baritone.  He also wanted the common thread running throughout the songs to be one of love of all kinds, both the good and the not-so-good.   The horn section gives an old-school vibe to the opening cut, “I Know,” a song about that one special one who’s always there, even fixing “neckbone stew and apple pie!”   “Ain’t Got No Money” shows that our hero may not be wealthy dollar-wise, but he’s “sho’ nuff got a whole lot of honey!”  That theme is revisited a bit later in the country-styled, walking-bass lope of “I Got Plenty good lovin’, everywhere I go!”  “Hold On To Our Love” will evoke fond memories of Arthur Alexander for some listeners, while our two favorites closed the action.  “Voodoo” is all about those women who can “make a preacher want to break all the rules!”  Our other favorite shows the direction Big Daddy could have easily taken.  Born in the South, you KNOW there was some “church” in a voice that big, and he lays it all out there for the all-too-brief “Couldn’t Keep It To Myself–what the Lord has done for me!”

Big Daddy Wilson has a voice as big as the sky and as smooth as Tupelo honey.  “Deep In My Soul” serves as his powerful homecoming!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: