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Showing posts with label Jimmie Bratcher. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jimmie Bratcher. Show all posts

Monday, April 26, 2021

Ain't Skeert Tunes artist: Jimmie Bratcher - I'm Hungry - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, I'm Hungry, from Jimmie Bratcher and it's a cool mix of swampy rock and blues. Opening with I Love Her Name, a cool boogie rocker, Bratcher is joined by Craig Kew on bass, Joe Selle on drums, and John Selle on keys. Bratcher has an aggressive guitar style and attacks his solo with real grunt. Cool opener. With a laid back easy pace, Mama Won't Fry No Chicken, has a real comfortable gait with Aaron Mayfield on B3 and Terry Hancock on drums turning up the heat for a cool relaxed guitar solo by Bratcher. Rocker, Where You Gonna Stop, is low slung and with solid vocals and stinging guitar work by Bratcher, this track is one of my favorites on the release. Eric Stark's keys under Bratcher's lead guitar and tight stick work by Hancock may this a hot instrumental. With a New Orleans rhythm, Green Bananas is loose with super horn work over the fun vocals on Bratcher. Soul classic, Grit's Ain't Groceries gets a total rework with a low slung Texas shuffle feel and with some heavy guitar work by Bratcher, my favorite vocals on the release. Very cool. Wrapping the release is instrumental rocker, Happy, with some jazz/rock style jam lead from Bratcher. A cool B3 solo by Mayfield and a heavy bass line by Kew and great intensity by Hancock take it home. Solid closer. 


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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Man! It's Christmas - The Rev. Jimmie Bratcher - release review

As you might imagine I get quite a pile of music to review and sometimes timeliness isn't on my side but I did receive a CD from Rev. Jimmie Bratcher that not only gives you something more interesting to listen to during the season, but is also a super release, so here's the review. Opening with the title track, Man! It's Christmas, Bratcher drops the bomb and a cool jazzy track. Featuring Bratcher on vocal and hot licks, Paul Draper on B3, Rick Yord on bass, and Brandon Draper on drums, this is a solid opener. traditional Hymn, Go Tell It On The Mountain is now a shuffle with country blues style singing and great acoustic guitar and slide with Tulsa Reed on harp. Very cool. Bell Carol Blue is another tune that will be very recognizable as a Christmas song but with such a tasteful blue jazz arrangement, you'll be grooving with nice flugelhorn and piano soloing by Eric Stark and excellent vocals and guitar work by Bratcher. Instrumental track,  Going To Grammy's House has an acoustic country blues feel with slide and brushes on snare. Silent Night with bent string electric blues riffs? You bet. With a solid shuffle beat and critical B3 tones, this track takes on an almost gospel blues feel with soulful vocal lines. Bratcher isn't bashful about pulling out the (double) stops and pouring on the heat. Very cool. Wrapping the release is instrumental To The 4 For Christmas with a funky jazz bass line and a great drum/percussion bottom. Bratcher rides high on electric guitar forming the melody over a B3 rhythm. Super closer for an exceptional seasonal release. Sorry I'm late. 

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Jimmie Bratcher - This Is Blues Country - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, This Is Blues Country, from Jimmie Bratcher and it's fresh. Opening with Hank Williams' Honky Tonk Blues, Jimmie Bratcher on guitar and vocal, adds a blues spin to this country classic joined by Aaron Mayfield on keys, Terry Hancock on drums and vocals and Larry Van Loon on B3 and Wurlitzer. Jimmie Davis' You Are My Sunshine gets a snappy jazz makeover putting in mind an arrangement by Passport. With hot drum work by Hancock and flashy guitar riffs, this track takes on a whole new life. Marty Robbins' Singing The Blues has a real nice groove, with a hot electric guitar solo and slide guitar work by Sean McDonald is great for added spice. Hank Snow's I Don't Hurt Anymore has a real contemporary ballad feel and Santana like guitar clarity definitely enhances it's appeal. Very nice. Jim Reeves' Am I That Easy To Forget is slowed way down and placed into a blues frame. It really sounds quite a bit like an Elvis Costello meets David Bowie. Very cool. Marty Robbins' Don't Worry About Me has a real cool blues lope but retains a country flavor with honky tonk piano and gains rock footing with a thick raw guitar solo. Low slung, Today I Started Loving You Again, a classic Merle Haggard track, has cool acoustic resonator slide and warm backing vocals. Wrapping the release is a New Orleans flavored I Can't Stop Loving You originally a track by Don Williams. Slinky blues guitar lead really sets this track off against Bratcher's signature vocals. This is a real cool arrangement of a country classic and an excellent closer for a really cool release. 

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Jimmie Bratcher Explores In, "Jupiter and Mars" On Blues Rock Review Digital Album Sampler

Jimmie Bratcher Explores In, “Jupiter and Mars”
On Blues Rock Review Digital Album Sampler





During the summer months, Jimmie Bratcher will be a part of the Blues Rock Digital Album Sampler for his song, “Jupiter and Mars”, from his release, “Secretly Famous”.
 “I wrote most of the songs on Secretly Famous and had the honor of co-writing the opening track, ‘Jupiter & Mars,’ with my son Jason,” says Bratcher. “The song was Jason’s idea and once I read the first line – ‘Blinding light, flash of chrome, hot-head blonde in a tricked out Ford’ - I was hooked. There’s also something about my playing on this song that is just wrong enough to be right and the groove drags you into the song so you can’t help but feel it. All the songs I wrote on Secretly Famous are for people like me.  People that hurt, that love, that laugh people that need to forget about their troubles and enjoy life.”
So if you are a subscriber to the online mag then you are in the know, if not, here’s the link to check it out: www.bluesrockreview.com
For more info on Jimmie please check out his website: www.therevjb.com