Eddie 9V review…November 12, 2019….

EDDIE 9V

LEFT MY SOUL IN MEMPHIS

YONDERS WALL–LEFT MY SOUL IN MEMPHIS–BOTTLE AND THE BLUES–NEW ORLEANS–BENDING WITH THE KINGS–WOKE UP SWEATIN–36 AND MAIN–GHOSTS–LO FI LOVE–DON’T TEST ME–1945 (COCAINE AND RUM)

In January of 2014, this humble forum ran a review on a young trio from Georgia who’d just completed a run at the IBC’s who called themselves the Georgia Flood.  Brooks Mason was the guitarist back then, all of 17 years old.  He’s 23 now, and still a firebrand on guitar, going by Eddie 9V on his latest album, “Left My Soul In Memphis.”  Working with Layne Quest and James Dean, these cuts were literally laid down in a one-room country shack studio, as the fellows were shooting for as retro a sound as they could achieve, while getting as much soul and grit into the recordings as possible.  The absolute topper on the whole thing?  Eddie plays ALL the instruments on this album, except for the keyboards, which were from Rhett Huffman.

Eddie 9V and his Freddie King influences are all over this record.  Dig the leadoff cut, a :song for Freddie King,” a sweet read of “Look Over Yonder’s Wall!”  Next up, the sounds of STAX and HI are in the mix in the title cut, as Eddie leaves Memphis for his old stompin’ grounds in Georgia, in search of true love.  “Bending With The Kings” is a monster instrumental that pays tribute to The Three Kings, while “Woke Up Sweatin’ one of the singles designated for airplay, finds our hero anxiously awaiting the return of a lover.  It is driven by a rolling, infectious riff, and is as soulful as it gets.

We had three favorites.  “Don’t Test Me, baby,” is a stone shot of rapid-fire funk, and Eddie gets down’n’dirty on the burnin’ slow-blues of the only things a man needs with no lover to be found, a “Bottle And The Blues.”  If you go on down to “36 And Main,” you can sho’nuff find you a “midnight woman”–one who “don’t talk or complain!”

Eddie 9V is a brilliant talent with a future that knows no boundaries. He’s headin’ back to Memphis in January 2020 for the IBC’s, this time ridin’ the coattals of the red-hot “Left My Soul In Memphis.”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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  1. […] “Eddie 9V is a brilliant talent with a future that knows no boundaries” – Don and Sheryl’s Blues Blog    (https://donandsherylsbluesblog.wordpress.com/2019/11/13/eddie-9v-review-november-12-2019/) […]

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