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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Treated and Released Records artist: Reverend Freakchild - The Bodhisattva Blues - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, The Bodhisattva Blues, from Reverend Freakchild and as always, he puts a cool spin on the blues. Opening with I Can't Be Satisfied, Freakchild puts a funky spin on Waters' stellar hit with loads of acoustic slide and Chris Parker on drums. Excellent! Willie Dixon's Little Red Rooster also gets a more low slung treatment with cool slide and vocals by Freakchild. Scott Hackler does a real nice job of rolling the piano on this one and with Malcolm Oliver on bass and Parker on drums, solid shot. John Lennon's Yer Blues has always been one of my favorite rock/blues tracks and Freakchild must share that sentiment with his cover. With Mark Karan on lead guitar, Robin Sylvester on bass, Hugh Pool on harmonica, Melvin Seals on organ and Parker on drums, this track is packing. Rev Gary Davis' Death Don't Have No Mercy gets a more contemporary almost folk rework and Freakchild's voice carries the load nicely. I mean his acoustic slide work is strong and Jay Collins' flute work gives the track an almost Othar Turner fife feel. Very interesting interpretation. Wrapping the release is Freakchild acapella on traditional song, And We Bid You Goodnight. This is a real solid release and one that continues to show Freakchild's love for the blues and capability in delivering it from a fresh perspective. 

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