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Big Joe Shelton - The Older I Get The Better I Was
Alt 45 records
10 tracks 37:50
Far too often these days, bands and individual musicians label
themselves As ‘BLUES’ but when you listen to them they really ain’t. Big
Joe Shelton, on the other hand is the real deal! Born and raised in
northern Mississippi, on the Black Prairie region, Joe has been steeped
in the blues since early childhood. The lucky **** was befriended by Big
Joe Williams and learned at his feet. He learned well!
The music is sometimes raw and often, Joe’s lyrics are very funny. Over
all, the effect of the album is to make you realise that all those calls
to Keep The Blues Alive are really unnecessary as Big Joe and his like
are doing it by doing their thang. God bless ‘em.
The title track The Older I Get The Better I Was is a delightful song best related to by people who are past their prime (age wise) on the theme of, what I used to do all night, now takes me all night to do, (Another shout of AIN’T THAT THE TRUTH.) Super harp work here too. The rest of the band are on very fine form too. The remainder of the tracks, in a similar vein are right up there in ‘award winning’ territory.
I must mention before I end this review, the super track called Psychoanalyst Voodoo Queen, that opens with some drum work reminiscent of a New Orlin’s marching band which and develops into funky horn driven stunner, complete with accordion, tuba and a tenor solo…what more can you ask. Check the lyrics: Down in Louisiana where the alligators grow With Poke Salad Annie and Marie Laveaux. lives the woman of my dreams; She’s the psychoanalyst Voodoo Queen. (All the lyrics for all the songs are at http://www.bigjoeshelton.com/lyrics_oig.htm )
Lots of air-play for this CD, no doubt about that and there’s not a track you could not play!
Reviewer Ian McKenzie is a Brit Living in England. He is the editor of Blues In The South a monthly publication giving info on news, gigs and reviews of events and CDs for the south if England. Ian has two blues radio shows one broadcast on Phonic FM in the UK (12 noon Central, 6pm UK) on www.phonic.fm on Wednesdays and the second airing on KCOR (Kansas City On Line Radio) on Fridays (12 noon Central, 6pm UK) www.kconlineradio.com.