The National Blues, available now on CD!
“The National Blues,” featuring 2 new Bonus Tracks, is now available on CD, and for direct download.
Please visit http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/preacherboy3 to order today!
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M.R. Dowsing, songwriter behind The Hungry Dog Brand, author of The Assassination of Adolf Hitler, and promoter of many of the UK’s most successful independent live music series, recently penned a review of “The National Blues”:
This is the first album in many years from this artist, and very welcome it is too. Preacher Boy was a pioneer in the rather specialised genre of alt-blues in the ’90s, and what made him stand out was the finely-honed lyrical sensibility he brought to the blues along with his guitar-playing chops and distinctive raspy vocals. Despite demonstrating his ability to work outside this genre, for this new record he’s firmly back in blues territory. Preach plays an original vintage National steel guitar from the 1930s, often utilising a slide, and is particularly influenced by artists such as Charley Patton, Son House, Bukka White and Skip James. ‘The National Blues’ is just Preach singing and playing the National accompanied by a drummer, all recorded live in the studio. It features some of his finest playing (it’s often hard to believe there is just one guitar with no overdubs!) and the drummer’s no slouch either. The two really get cookin’ on ‘Blister and a Bottlecap’ and ‘A Little More Evil’ especially. Elsewhere, we have philosophy (‘A Person’s Mind), nostalgia (‘Cornbread’), anger (‘Obituary Writer Blues’), and a wealth of intriguing images including a car that “walks” on water and the mysterious figure of John, with his black root, off to conquer somebody’s soul. Preach can move you too at times, and he brings it down most effectively here with ‘Watered Down’ as he sings in despair rather than anger: “Got my travelin’ boots on, and I’m gone / Couldn’t go no quicker / I got as much use for you, as I do / For watered down liquor”. This is a great record which only improves on repeated listening.
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