Tennessee Redemption review…August 24, 2019…..

TENNESSEE REDEMPTION

TENNESSEE REDEMPTION

GLAD TO BE–WE GOT A THING GOING ON–SOULS IN THE WATER–BACK TO TENNESSEE–LEAVE MY BODY–SEE ABOUT ME–COME ON UP TO THE HOUSE–YOU DON’T LOVE ME–WATCH YOURSELF–I’M GOING TO MEXICO

It is a refreshing concept when two incredibly-talented individuals pool their vast abilities and create some fantastic music as a team.  A few years ago, it was Damon Fowler and Victor Wainwright with Southern Hospitality, and now we introduce the debut from guitarist Jeff Jensen and harpoon man Brandon Santini and Tennessee Redemption.  This set consists of eight originals and two brilliantly-done covers.  A core of musicians this formidable must have like-minded folks behind them, and bassist Bill Ruffino, drummer David Green, and second guitarist Timo Arthur more than fill the bill.

There are numerous highlights herein.  Both Jeff and Brandon spent plenty of time earlier in their careers down on Beale, “collecting dreams in a plastic cup,”  and those heady times are chronicled in the set’s opener, “Glad To Be,” with Jeff on vocals.  A shot of “blues gospel” features Brandon on vocals and is a smooth, harp-drenched ode to the Mighty Mississippi, “where the blues comes from,” and Brandon urges all his children to “come on down,” for “the Souls In The Water.”  Jeff gives that same, laid-back Sunday morning treatment to Tom Waits’ “Come On Up To The House,” for “this world is not my home, I’m only passing thru.”  Both Jeff and Brandon wrote “Back To Tennessee,” as Brandon realizes that “reckless sin leads to an empty heart,” and, sho’ nuff, “she ain’t coming back.”  They both re-worked Marion Walter Jacobs’ “Watch Yourself,” giving it a stompin’ beat that’ll walk you all the way from Malcolm Anthony’s Memphis Music store to waaay past Silky’s!

A group as strong as Tennessee Redemption brings truth to the saying that, sometimes, indeed, the sum of the parts is greater than the whole.  They are bent on creating outstanding blues and roots music, and, just as with their audiences on Beale back in the day, this music connects with everyone who hears it!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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