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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Mike Eldred Trio
Baptist Town (CEN/RED)

Sometimes, it seems like men have been so beat down and suffered so that even when they're put under, their ache and sorrow snake back up out of deep Southern soil. Darkened memories of tortures hang in the air like tormented spirits, moaning heartbreak testament into eternity. And no one ever learns.

At Mike's elbow when he laid down these appropriately sparse, flesh-made-blues narratives of worldly woes were Blasters John Bazz and Jerry Angel. Robert Cray, Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, and John Mayer added their qualities to recording services convened at Sun Studios, a hallowed site where common men wrought treasure from natural human experience.

Recommended "Baptist Town," "Black Annie," "Sugar Shake," "Hundred Dollar Bill," "Hoodoo Man," "Papa Jegbo," "Roadside Shrine"

Video: narrated CD promo, filmed at Sun Records