Willie Jackson & The Tybee Blues Band
CHOSEN BY THE BLUES
Whatever Wins the 2018 Grammy for Blues Music Won’t be half as Raw, Honest or Cool
Confession time………Can you keep a secret? I often fantasise about of walking down a street somewhere and hearing Blues like this drifting from some sleazy saloon on the wrong side of town.
Phew……I never thought I’d tell anyone that.
There’s not a lot to know about Willie Jackson, he hails from Savannah, Georgia and has sung in choirs all of his life and in 2009 he had an accident that meant he had to quit his day job; and his only Plan B was music; The Blues and that is how he has supported his family ever since; playing everywhere and anywhere that would have him.
His live sets are obviously littered with covers of songs by the legends but he has always written his own songs; six of which are on this glorious EP.
Ooohheee……Just An Old Dog opens the record and Willie rips the joint apart without even a cursory warning! This saucy song; and most of what follows could have been written and played just about any time in the last 50 years; but thankfully Willie Jackson did write it and now it’s free to make people dance and grin al over the Blues World.
The band really squeeze the Soul out of I’ll Throw You Back and the red hot Why You Still Mad? Both of which sound like songs Howlin’ Wolf or John Lee Hooker would love to have recorded had they still been alive today.
Willie and his crew take a bit of a slow and sour left turn on Sleepin’ On The Job; but hey…….it offers some dark shade to the album as it sends a shiver down your spine.
Even after all of these years I’m amazed that songwriters can still find new and interesting ways to describe sleazy love affairs; and Willie Jackson manages that with straight A’s on the final song here Diggin’ My Shovel (In Your Sister’s Backyard). Obviously we shouldn’t condone such senseless behaviour; but it’s a helluva song!
Willie’s Classic Urban style goes down low and real dirty on the second song, Big Boned Woman. OK we all have a million songs on this subject in our collections but the rhythmic backbone provided by Jon Willis on bass and Paxton Eugene drums and Ace Anderson’s truly sorrowful harmonica playing neatly juxtaposes Dillon Young making his guitar gently weep; and the way Willie howls into the mic when he discovers the Big Boned Woman he is cheatin’ with has a ‘husband and a mansion on the other side of town’ easily makes this particular song the RMHQ Favourite here.
Yet again I can’t begin to tell you how exciting it is for me discover acts like Willie Jackson and present them to the Musical Universe and Beyond……..trust me; whatever wins the 2018 Grammy for Blues Music won’t be half as raw, honest or heartfelt as this EP is.
Buy it and keep the Blues Alive!
Released March 2018
Willie Jackson Blues