New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers
A Blues Super-Session Played Honestly and Full of Fervour and Wilful Abandonment.
Late last year I had the good fortune to review the New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers Volume 1, which was full of great musicians playing live ‘in the moment’ while the tape rolled.
Classic Blues and rock songs, as well as a few original songs too, played honestly with fervour and wilful abandonment. You see, way back in 2007, producer Jim Dickinson gathered a group of musicians including Charlie Musselwhite, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Jimbo Mathus and brothers Cody and Luther Dickinson, to jam together on what was loosely termed a “hardcore blues” session.
They would record everything and see what stuck.
Sadly, Jim Dickinson passed away before any of these recordings saw the light of day and they were shelved for more than a decade. Now thanks to the folks at Stony Plain, we’re finally able to hear these fantastic renditions ourselves. Volume 1 was as expressive as it was moving (check out that review here: https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2020/09/11/new-moon-jelly-roll-freedom-rockers-vol-1/…)
and I’m glad to say that volume 2 is more of the same and then some.
We get to thrill our ears with such gems as “She’s About a Mover,” (a classic song if there ever was one!) sung by Alvin Youngblood Hart.
Reckless and rough hewn, the way it oughta be.
Hart also sings on “Millionaire Blues” too, which is dirt floor blues done right.
“Oh Lord, Don’t Let Them Drop That Atom Bomb On Me,” with vocals by Jim Dickinson, clears the air for Jimbo Mathus singing “Greens and Ham” and a charming juke joint instrumental called “Blue Guitar.”
It’s easy to say that each and every song on here is well worth your while, whether you’re a bonafide Blues fan or not, but the one that truly TRULY does it for me here is “Black Water,” which is a nearly seven minute long deep and menacing timeless funk about the darkness of war and our times in America and beyond.
Recorded a decade and a half ago and still hitting the mark.
An ambience of a deteriorating Sly Stone with voodoo vocals by Charlie Musselwhite, verbed up harp, distorted guitar, and syrupy bass and drums.
A thick monster of a groove, spooky and scary,
The darkest song on both volumes by far and most definitely my favorite.
Guys, if there’s anymore like this one on the reel, please, please, please release it! Until then, I’ll just put this album on repeat for a while.
Review courtesy Roy Peak
Released March 26th 2021
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