Friday, May 20, 2022

Full Show Friday: GZA 3-29-22 @ The Blue Note NYC

We search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and post them to the site weekly, come back every seven days to help us celebrate Full Show Friday's. These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week...GZA!

A few weeks back we were lucky enough to catch the GZA at the Blue Note for a great run through of his tunes. We also got to meet the man briefly and hang with his band The Phunky Nomads for a while before their next show (thanks again Ramsey).  Now we can re-live the night as we found someone sitting almost directly in front of us who captured the majority of the show and put it on Youtube. 

Fan recorded, but sound is pretty solid. You can see if our review was correct. Enjoy:

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Sazerwrap 2022

In years past we have delivered a Sazerwrap to catalog our personal Jazzfest experience, so we will continue this year, even though this trip had the most official reviews we have ever done. 
2022 Jazzfest was a dream come true after the last two years were canceled. It was the first festival that RtBE was in town for both weekends in 10 years when we were down for an extended time in 2012.  This was also the first festival trip where we also got to stay in our own New Orleans home that was purchased pre-pandemic. Magical on all levels. 

We have reviewed many of the shows we caught down there for both Glide Magazine and this site, with even more reviews coming, but there was still a lot of music we didn't review and just enjoyed. 

The first ever Factory Fest was a hoot and we got to find some shade and relax to the sounds of New Orleans Nightcrawlers


The fantastic Little Freddy King also played the free show presented by the Louisiana Music Factory and was held at the New Orleans Jazz Museum in the lower French Quarter.   

The city always delivers as we made it over to catch Big Chief Donald Harrison play a set of classics in Congo Square which was a definite highlight of the whole trip. 

Other days saw us catching Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns at The Spotted Cat, our friends in Obliquestra with special guest scary clowns and so much more that we didn't take pics of.  



While we didn't review the Fest itself on the Friday we went, our favorite set was probably from The Stooges Brass Band as they delivered protest party music under the blazing sun. Preservation Hall Jazz Band was excellent as always on the Gentilly Stage and Big Freedia brought tons of ass shaking to Congo Square Stage as well; Friday was a scorcher in more ways than one.  




As far as the food front, so many good meals it is hard to pick a best. Gianna was amazing Italian offerings, Le Petite Grocery was divine, Herbsaint was tasty as all hell and the new Miss River was a food overload. 

No food pics like past years this time, but trust me that each restaurant delivered A+ offerings. Impossible to pick a favorite and can't wait to go back to all of them. 

The town now is officially part of RtBE's life now and we can not wait to return, or for next years fest. Until then, some video from this years fest:

Live Streams: Ron Carter Foursight Quartet Spring Benefit Concert

We are now heading into the new normal with live music during the Covid-19 era. Live shows will need to be flexible and live streaming is a great way to keep music going. Streams have become essential for live music junkies like RtBE. Things are (hopefully) improving on the pandemic front but live streams will be an option for artists during the foreseeable future. We will highlight various shows/streams/virtual events for your viewing and listening pleasure and as a way to help out the artists. You can check out our weekly Full Show Friday series for concerts from the past and as always, please support the artists any which way you can.


Today we highlight: Ron Carter Quartet Spring Benefit Concert 2022 "Measures of Hope"

Jazz legend Ron Carter plays with his Foursight Quartet at the 2022 Measures of Hope Benefit tonight.  From the source:

Counseling In Schools (CIS) is proud to present our first annual Measures of Hope Spring Benefit. Join us on Thursday May 19, 2022 at the New York Society for Ethical Culture in New York City as we celebrate the power of creative arts therapy programs in our schools. For those unable to attend in-person, tickets to view via livestream are available to purchase. Please note for in person attendees, COVID-19 proof of vaccination will be required. 
The evening will feature a student art exhibit, a performance by legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter and his Foursight Quartet, the presentation of the first-ever CIS “Measures of Hope Award,” and a cocktail hour with our honoree, Maestro Carter! Maestro Ron Carter will be presented the Measure of Hope Award for his career as an inspirational educator and there will be a special video appearance from Jon Batiste. The Measures of Hope benefit will also recognize Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation and its Head of Corporate Responsibility and Executive Director, Alessandra Digiusto, with our Vision of Hope Award. 
Along with Deutsche Bank’s generous sponsorship of this event, we are thrilled to acknowledge the significant contributions the Foundation and Alessandra have made over many years to our programs that support students living in temporary housing. During the evenings performance Maestro Carter will dedicate “Saguaro,” his composition from 1977’s “Piccolo” to CIS in honor of our work inspiring hope and healing in NYC school communities. For more information about our 35 years of experience supporting the emotional and social wellbeing of New York City public school communities please visit counselinginschools.org.

Grab either in person tickets or streaming tickets here.  To get in the mood here is a tune from the quartet:

Album Review: Warpaint - Radiate Like This

Hey all, got a review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!

It is of Warpaint's newest release Radiate Like This

RtBE have reviewed all of the bands four releases and personally they are ranked in that order, 1 through 4. Not a huge fan of these recent light pop excursions. I will say that the album art fits the ambient nature of the music well. 

Support the band, buy the album, read the review and peep some video:


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Live Review: Rough Seven 5/7/2022 @ BJ's Lounge New Orleans, LA

Hey all, got a review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!

It is of the Rough Seven's blowout gig at BJ's Lounge in New Orleans on 5/7/2022.

RtBE are huge fans of Scully, Stoo, Rob, Ratty, Mike, Rick and Meschiya. They are one of our favorite bands in the world and the fact we could catch them twice in one weekend (second night review coming soon) contributed to making this our favorite Jazzfest trip in 12 or 13 years.   

This band needs more love.  We interviewed them way back in 2011 and reviewed their amazing first album, Give Up Your Dreams, ranking it super high on our list of RtBE's favorite albums of the decade. Have seen them live a bunch and they played a few of our favorite shows ever (literally). We also reviewed Codebreaker as well, which is now out on Scully's bandcamp

This band rules, read the review. I don't see any video from this show online, but here is an old video from them. 


Album Review: The Bogie Band Featuring Joe Russo - The Prophets In The City

The Bogie Band Featuring Joe Russo
The Prophets In The City 
**** out of *****

The first release from The Bogie Band Featuring Joe Russo conjures up an exuberant mix of bold rhythms and melodies as The Prophets In The City is a powerful debut from the talented players. Released on Royal Potato Family records, the nine song instrumental offering percolates with vitality throughout. 

Stuart Bogie has assembled some of the finest wind instrument players who interlock and dive around Russo's drumming.  The ten piece outfit has players from some of the strongest acts going like Antibalas, The Dap-Kings, Red Barat, Budos Band, as well as musicians who support St. Vincent and David Byrne’s American Utopia. The group is Drums, Timpani, Mallet Percussion: Joe Russo, Percussion: Mauro Refosco, Joe Russo, Korey Richey, Stuart Bogie, Jeff Citron additional commotion: Karyn Starr, Arthur Lee Johnson, Louis Thebeau Starr Johnson, Sousaphone: John Altieri Trumpets: Jordan McLean, Michael Leonhart, Dave Guy, Billy Aukstik, Eric Biondo Trombones: Raymond Mason, Adam Dotson, Dave Smoota Smith Saxes: Cochemea Gastelum (Bari), Matt Bauder (Bari, Alto), Ian Hendrickson-Smith (Alto), Colin Stetson (Soprano), Stuart Bogie (Tenor, Bari) Flutes: Domenica Fossati, Stuart Bogie Choir/Claps: Korey Richey, Jeff Citron, Stuart Bogie, Domenica Fossati, Matt Bauder. The fact that there are no guitars, bass or keyboards makes it a unique outfit as Bogie leads the collection through his original numbers. 

Opener "The Prophets In The City (Arrival, Balance, Discipline, Joy)" is a killer beginning and an album highlight as it uses flutes to start before a dynamite sax solo as the tuba and percussion bounce along. There is a mid song downshift in tempo before kicking back up with dancefloor filling energy before ending with chimes and church bells; quite a ride. 

"The Witnesses" shakes with a hip hop groove under layers of brass work while "We Met Them By The Water" goes the meditative route with chimes and literal sea recordings to end. The funky but disjointed at times "Walking With Fools" has a distorted grimy beginning before going full on with the horn work and the long "The Struggle" isn't as successful as the other offerings as the energy drags a bit. 

Better is the cool quick groove of "Joy (Reprise) and the soothing spiritual closer "God In Us".  The center of the album holds some delights as "We Organize" displays a calm groove before building to glory and "Take Them On" is all high energy with super flute work and a touch of Second Line marching energy, rivaling the opener for best track on the album. 

The talent of all involved is evident repeatedly as The Bogie Band Featuring Joe Russo's The Prophets In The City is strong from the start and never lets up.  
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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Live Streams: Cassandra Jenkins from The Troubadour LA, CA

We are now heading into the new normal with live music during the Covid-19 era. Live shows will need to be flexible and live streaming is a great way to keep music going. Streams have become essential for live music junkies like RtBE. Things are (hopefully) improving on the pandemic front but live streams will be an option for artists during the foreseeable future. We will highlight various shows/streams/virtual events for your viewing and listening pleasure and as a way to help out the artists. You can check out our weekly Full Show Friday series for concerts from the past and as always, please support the artists any which way you can.


Today we highlight: Cassandra Jenkins from The Troubadour LA, CA

The NYC singer/songwriter, Cassandra Jenkins is performing from LA.  RtBE loved her most recent album and rated it high in our year end review.  


Get tickets here and peep some video to get excited for the show with some of her music:



Album Review: Tank and the Bangas - Red Balloon

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!

It is of Tank and the Bangas new release, Red Balloon

This is a great record and flows from song to song. Funky dance tunes, smooth soul, upbeat hip-hop, introspective poetry, this one has it all.

Support the artists, read the review and peep some video below:



Monday, May 16, 2022

Album Review: Primus - Conspiranoid EP

Primus
Conspiranoid EP
***and1/2 out of *****

These days Primus is just one outlet for the freaky frontman/bass maestro Les Claypool as he has everything from Bastard Jazz to wine making to Oysterhead going on, but the brief new EP Conspiranoid is some of the strongest music this trio has put out in some time. It maintains the bands heavier roots while incorporating their fearless leaders more spaced out vibes, which have always been coursing through this groups collective veins. 

The opening song, "Conspiranoia" is the longest studio song of Primus' career and it is a winning mix of old school sounds from the band with the tripped out Pink Floyd and prog influences Claypool normally deploys on his Claypool Lennon Delirium outings. Lyrically Les is dealing with modern day conspiracy theories and those who blindly or willingly follow them. Musically the trio deploy deep thumps/freaky bass runs and Larry LaLonde flights of sonic fancy on guitar. The jam which starts around six minutes in is prime Primus as the explosive trio navigate these psychedelia tinged waters before breaking it back down to the heavy groove motif.   

The ending goes on long with samples of flat earthers, COVID myths and other lies prominent in society these days as the band begrudgingly chunks along. That vibe of idiocy is continued in the following "Follow The Fool" but the aggression is amped with Tim "Herb" Alexanders percussion hitting hard around Claypool's sticky bass lines latching on to ear cannels. 

The short EP closes with an oddly funky "Erin on the Side of Caution", delivering freaky guitar work from LaLonde, around a thundering low end laid down by Herb and Les, slamming to life two minutes in and delivering those classic Primus sounds with a new engaging twist. 

The only regret from this release is that there isn't more of it as Les, Ler and Herb seem to be back in the groove that made them one of the most interesting bands while they were at their peak a few decades ago. Hopefully Primus have some more in the tank ready to go in the near future as the Conspiranoid EP is a strong dose.
    
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Dylan Cover #530 Lockdown International Band "My Back Pages" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live cover by Lockdown International Band of "My Back Pages"

Thoughts on Dylan Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
The original has taken upon itself a cultural importance, and the chorus has simply become iconic. I doubt Dylan intended such, but it toes the line of out and out protest and illustrative questions. He puts down everyone from evangelists to girls, but the language snakes and flows so magically that it doesn't seem as harsh as "Positively 4th St" or "Ballad in Plain D". The sense of exhaling desperation or at least the realization that age confuses things even more seems to be what I take from this tune after each listen, but things can change...or can they?

Cover
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Thoughts on Cover Artist:
This is our first time coming across Lockdown International Band but it is pretty obvious how they came about. 

Thoughts on Cover:
Pretty straight ahead cover with a touch of The Byrds mixed in and a perfect song to pair with Pandemic lockdown. Are we younger than that now?  I am not sure? Any way, a good cover with some great guitar solo'ing. 

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Live Streams: The Black Angels

We are now heading into the new normal with live music during the Covid-19 era. Live shows will need to be flexible and live streaming is a great way to keep music going. Streams have become essential for live music junkies like RtBE. Things are (hopefully) improving on the pandemic front but live streams will be an option for artists during the foreseeable future. We will highlight various shows/streams/virtual events for your viewing and listening pleasure and as a way to help out the artists. You can check out our weekly Full Show Friday series for concerts from the past and as always, please support the artists any which way you can.

Today we highlight: The Black Angels 

Check out the The Black Angels at their Levitation Sessions. To get in the mood peep some video below:



Friday, May 13, 2022

Live Streams: Dark Star Orchestra - Live from the Capitol Theater

We are now heading into the new normal with live music during the Covid-19 era. Live shows will need to be flexible and live streaming is a great way to keep music going. Streams have become essential for live music junkies like RtBE. Things are (hopefully) improving on the pandemic front but live streams will be an option for artists during the foreseeable future. We will highlight various shows/streams/virtual events for your viewing and listening pleasure and as a way to help out the artists. You can check out our weekly Full Show Friday series for concerts from the past and as always, please support the artists any which way you can.


Today we highlight: Dark Star Orchestra - Live from the Capitol Theater

The Dark Star Orchestra is going to recreate the famous Europe '72 performance by the Grateful Dead from Lille France exactly 50 years ago tonight from the Capitol Theater. 

You can get your live stream ticket here and peep some video (audio really) of the Dead doing "Mr. Charlie" to get you pumped for this performance: 
 

Full Show Friday: The Black Dahlia Murder - Live Graspop 2017

We search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and post them to the site weekly, come back every seven days to help us celebrate Full Show Friday's. These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week...The Black Dahlia Murder!

With the recent passing of front man Trevor Strnad we wanted to showcase The Black Dahlia Murder for this Full Show Friday. 

Pro shot, Pro Sound, Set list below. Enjoy and if needed in the United States: Help is available. Speak with someone today National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Hours: Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish. Learn more 800-273-8255


Thursday, May 12, 2022

Live Review: Samantha Fish 5/5/2022 at The Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!

It is of Samantha Fish live 5/5/2022 at The Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA.


Samantha Fish is one of our favorites. RtBE has reviewed her albums and will always catch her live whenever possible, last year she even topped our favorite live show list

Support the artist, read the review and peep some video below:



Album Review: Rick Holmstrom - Get It!

Rick Holmstrom
Get It!
*** out of *****

The newest instrumental album from guitarist/bandleader Rick Holmstrom is a throwback to the days of stripped back rock/soul/R&B offerings in the vein of Freddie King and Booker T. and the M.G.'s

The sixteen tracks on Get It! are brief and to the point, usually playing in one style before breezily moving on to the next effort. The groovy opener sets the tone with ringing guitars and a strutting appeal as the Mavis Staple's band leader, who Staples has nicknamed "Pops Jr." relishes that clear crisp, soulful guitar tone. 

Joining Holmstrom on the record is his long time running partners Steve Mugalian (drums) (Lucinda Williams, Harry Dean Stanton, Chuck Prophet) and Gregory Boaz (bass) (Dave Alvin, Mick Taylor, John Mayall) as the trio dips into various styles with ease. 50's era rock and roll gets an upbeat run through on the quick "All About My Girls" while "Kronky Tonk" deploys a warbling southern twang throughout. 

Mugalian shines brightly with his dynamite funky drumming during "FunkE3" and the stuttering "Bubbles" putting the spotlight on his excellent fills; both are highlight offerings. The rocky shimmer of "Weeping Tana", the lazy strums of "Erlee Time" and the jazzy twists on "Robin's Robin" all float on effortlessly while the surf rock solos from Holmstrom on "Surfer Chuck" are crisp and tasty. 

The trio works best upbeat as the bouncy closer "Looky Here" proves, when they slow down for the creepy, spaced out vibes on "Taghazout" or the slow pretty strolling "Walking With Diane" the players insert a new dimension to their sound. 

The '50's styled rock and roll of "Pour One Out" and the blues shuffling of "King Freddie" are both clear tributes to Freddie King and a clear message of the influence on Holmstrom while writing Get It! That bygone style and sound still rolls sweetly into the ear and makes the hips easily sway when this trios get their capable hands on it. 
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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Live Review: Daze Between Band 5/4/2022 Live @ Tipitina's New Orleans, LA

Daze Between Band 
5/4/2022 
Live @ Tipitina's New Orleans, LA 


One of the hottest tickets in town during Festing time was to the Daze Between Band who put a fitting funky cap on the few days between the Jazz and Heritage Festival weekends down in New Orleans. The group played to a sold out house at the world famous Tipitina's late on Wednesday night May 5th as the infectious music kept flowing.

Opening the event was Butcher Brown from Richmond, VA who brought their mix of jazz/funk/hip-hop to the uptown venue, fitting perfectly into the city's melting pot sounds. With Corey Fonville on drums Marcus Tenney on sax/trumpet and vocals and DJ Harrison delivering funky keys the group's “black American music” was inventive while still paying tribute to those who have come before. Songs like “Gum In My Mouth” allow Tenney to rhyme over the beats and riffs from the band while big guitars and dramatic key work from Henderson ended the set on more of a fusion jazz tone.


After a leisurely break the Daze Between Band took to the stage just after midnight. The group is an all-star collective featuring Eric Krasno, Adam Deitch, Ivan Neville, George Porter, Jr., Ryan Zoidis, Eric "Benny" Bloom, & Jennifer Hartswick. On this night the music was based heavily on The Meters funk with Porter leading the charge and the rest of the group gladly supporting.


The opener was a long drawn out version of “Pungee” as the collective got their feet under them before “Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley” found Porter singing and Zodis shining bright during a strong sax solo. “Africa” kept the deep NOLA funk thumping as Neville and Porter changed the famous refrain to “New Orleans” to celebrate the historic host city.

“Work To Do” found Hartswick taking over lead vocals while Krasno riffed out a few “Fire On The Mountain” licks to smiles and cheers from the crowd. Ivan Neville moved the crowd with “Funky Miracle” which segued in and out of “Fire on the Bayou” as Krasno delivered a few sensational solos throughout the number.

The first guests arrived for the highlight of the night as Erica Falls and Stanton Moore came on stage to rock out with a high energy “If You Want Me To Stay” as Hartswick and Bloom pushed trumpet flares out into the humid NOLA night. Falls' vocals were over the top with power as she commanded the stage like the soul diva she is.

Krasno dove into “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” with polished soul appeal before Ian Neville joined the crew on guitar, backing Falls on “Ain’t No Use”. The music kept flowing late into the night with the band wrapping up their set with more classic Meters “Look-Ka Py Py” and a full on family encore of “Love Will Keep Us Together”. The song was a perfect summation of the Daze Between Band and the events spanning the actual days between Jazzfest weekends down in New Orleans as the city returns to its musical heights.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Album Review: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Endless Rooms

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!

It is of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Endless Rooms 

A fun romp of electro pop from these guys as they sound envigored on Endless Rooms


Live Review: Daze Between Festival May 3 & 4th Faubourg Brewery NOLA

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!





It is of the Daze Between Festival held on May 3 & 4th at the Faubourg Brewery in NOLA.

Read the review and peep some video below from the brand new fest:


Monday, May 9, 2022

Dylan Cover #529 Arthur Gunn "4th Time Around"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists, Arthur Gunn doing a cover of "4th Time Around" 



Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
This is a weird one, as I heard this track after I had already fallen in love with The Beatles "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" and didn't know what Dylan was getting at with this song. After checking out Wikipedia, I guess I am not alone as John Lennon was all over the map with his reactions to it. The music is the same and the lyrics are a mix of lazy and nonsense, reading into anything Dylan says too heavily can cause one to go mad, but why he chose to do this song so close to when the Beatles had their first lyrical success is a mystery. Social commentary, goof, stoned malaise? Anywhichway, the song was never one of my favorites and not up to anywhere near the version he was praising or mocking, take your pick.

Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE is hearing Arthur Gunn for the first time with his cover here. Not watching the show we had no idea he was a runner up on American Idol. 

Thoughts on Cover:
A very good straight ahead cover of the light acoustic number. Gunn's voice reminds of a young Rod Stewart with a rasp and desire. 

Friday, May 6, 2022

Full Show Friday: MAZE - Live in New Orleans: November 15, 1980

We search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and post them to the site weekly, come back every seven days to help us celebrate Full Show Friday's. These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week...Maze featuring Frankie Beverly!


Every April (and first week in May) we have a special showcase for bands who are playing this years Jazzfest in NOLA. Today we will focus on Maze featuring Frankie Beverly who will be playing Sunday May 8th.

Today we showcase Maze from 1980 and part of this show made their live album from the New Orleans.  This year they will take their annual Sunday slot and help close out the festival in their adopted hometown. 

Until next year... Enjoy!

Thursday, May 5, 2022

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2nd Weekend Starts Today, Stream on WWOZ

After three years of cancelation, and festing in place, the best festival in America continues today! If you can not get to the Big Easy for The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalWWOZ has the answer.

You can stream the festival through their website. This is one of the best radio channels in the country, so you should pop in and stream regularly, but these next two weekends are a must if you can't be at the Fairgrounds.

Peep a few videos of acts playing this weekend:

Album Review: Seratones - Love & Algorhythms

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!

It is of Seratones newest release Love & Algorhythms.

RtBE have been fans of Seratones since we first saw them live at Bowery Ballroom opening for the Dandy Warhols. Their first album was a doozy and it made our year end best of list in 2016. They switched up styles and released Power and now comes Love & Algorhythms.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Album Review: Son House - Forever On My Mind

Son House
Forever On My Mind
**** out of *****

Son House had the career trajectory (unfortunately) of quite a few bluesman of his generation. He played and recorded in his youth, the music fell out of favor and he left the business, then was rediscovered later in life and found critical and sometimes semi-commercial fame from predominantly white audiences as a "folk-blues" singer.  

Son House had a "comeback" album of sorts in 1965 with Father of Folk Blues, the recordings on the newly released Forever On My Mind happened before that release in 1964 as House was getting his chops back. The tapes were made by his manager at the time Dick Waterman and have been waiting for the right time to be released. Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound has put this collection out now with the title track being unreleased and other standard House songs arriving in vastly different forms.

The title track opener is the first time fans get to hear this song from House and it is an intimate performance of great sounding strumming, strong singing which gets silly at times as House is clearly in his element. The humor, and corn liquor seems to be flowing as House delivers "Preacher Blues" with lines like "Gonna get me religion/Gonna join the Baptist church/Want to be a Baptist preacher/So I don't have to work". 

This rambling blues tune shows off a softer side of House who is known for the haunting "Death Letter" which is presented here in a more reserved, introspective fashion; it is as if House is feeling out what the song means during this performance and is never quite sure of the elusive track. 

"Empire State Express" finds House's strong guitar taking on train sounds as it starts to steam, but there are some vocal flubs and the track ends abruptly. That practice feel is throughout the album and while that doesn't take away from the overall effort, there are moments, such as the rough singing on "The Way Mother Did" where the artists isn't at his strongest. 

The most polished effort is "Louis McGhee" which is a slow affair of love sick blues with affecting vocals and picking. The closer "Levee Camp Moan" is a bit ragged, but these are minor squabbles as Son House is such a major figure in the blues that Forever On My Mind is a must have for blues fans and a joy to hear.        
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