Big Daddy Wilson - Songs From The Road


Big Daddy Wilson - Songs From The Road

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Release date: 18th May 2018

 

Musicians

Big Daddy Wilson

Vocals, Dobro, Diddley Bow

Cesare Nolli

Guitar, Back Vocals 

Paolo Legramandi

Bass, Back Vocals

Nik Taccori

Drums, Back Vocals

Enzo Messina

Keyboard, Piano

 

No matter where Big Daddy Wilson travels on this big, beautiful, mixed-up planet of ours, he takes the South with him.

Listening to the soulful storytelling of the man born Wilson Blount in a small town in the Inner Banks region of North Carolina, it's impossible not to conjure images of dusty back roads, cypress groves, a Saturday night juke joint or Sunday morning revival meeting. It's a nostalgic and – some might say – glorified image of rural America. Yet in an age of ruthless demagogues and divisive politics, Big Daddy Wilson chooses to celebrate the simple things that bond us as human beings – a smile, a shared meal, a helping hand – along with cherished values like faith, perseverance and devotion to family. For more than two decades, he has been carrying his message of hope and unity to each and every show, whether in New York, Paris, Auckland or – in the case of his new live album Songs From The Road – the village of Rubigen in central Switzerland.

The concert recorded at the Mühle Hunziken exemplifies Wilson's uncanny ability to connect with an audience. The key ingredients are honesty, his natural charisma and the sheer power of his voice. This performance from the fall of 2017 is a testament to just how far the American ex-pat and former soldier has come since answering a newspaper ad and summoning the courage to sing "Stormy Monday" for a group of young German blues musicians way back in the 1980s. He's ably supported by a tight and versatile four-piece unit comprising Cesare "Smokestack" Nolli (g), Paolo Legramandi (b), Nik Taccori (dr) and Enzo Messina (k). A band that backs Big Daddy Wilson always has to be at the top of its game, because his music isn't any one thing. From song to song, it may transform into something hard-driving or laid-back, funky or bluesy, joyful or brooding, stripped down or supercharged. 

"I tried to give my listener a small view of the journey, the good, the bad, the highs and the lows," explains Wilson in the liner notes to the album. He and the band open the set sounding figuratively uptown: "Wake Up" is a steady grooving call to action, "Drop Down Here" a reggae-tinged plea for help from the man upstairs, "Miss Dorothy Lee" a guitar-fueled tribute transported on a Bo Diddley-like rhythm. The bawdy blues of "Texas Boogie" gives way to the dead serious testifying of "Ain't No Slave." Then it's time for a little side trip to the countryside: "Anna Mae" and, later, "Cross Creek Road," are sun-drenched and pastoral. The band picks up steam again on "Neckbone Stew," ultimately climaxing with the earthy "Baby Don't Like." The twelve-song live CD closes with the eloquent simplicity of "I Just Need A Smile."

As usual with the long-running Songs From The Road series, there are visuals as well. The accompanying DVD in the two-disc set includes 15 songs in all and offers a good long look at Big Daddy Wilson in action. It opens with the familiar gospel blues of "John The Revelator" and closes with something he revealingly calls his "Country Boy Medley." But don't expect to see him standing onstage in overalls and work boots. As always, Wilson is nattily attired in fine threads, a short-brimmed hat and the ubiquitous pair of dark shades.

Some years ago, Big Daddy Wilson told an interviewer that the main reason he wears sunglasses onstage is his inherently shy nature. "I'm no entertainer," he claimed at the time. Songs From The Road delivers some pretty strong evidence to the contrary. And yet, in a certain way, he's right. Wilson's music – like Wilson himself – is real. It's honest. At no point is this man ever putting on a show. "I’m just interested in singing, getting my message out and feeling the people – and hoping I can make them feel me."

 

Tracklist

CD                                                             DVD

001

Wake Up

00:03:17

001

John The Revelator

00:07:39

002

Drop Down Here

00:06:42

002

Wake Up

00:03:15

003

Miss Dorothy Lee

00:05:47

003

Drop Down Here

00:06:37

004

Texas Boogie

00:09:56

004

Miss Dorothy Lee

00:05:49

005

Ain't No Slave

00:07:50

005

Baby's Coming Home Again

00:05:50

006

Anna Mae

00:06:38

006

Texas Boogie

00:10:56

007

Walk A Mile In My Shoes

00:10:22

007

Ain't No Slave

00:08:14

008

Cross Creek Road

00:03:39

008

Anna Mae

00:06:40

009

Neckbone Stew

00:05:40

009

Walk A Mile In My Shoes

00:10:49

010

7 Years

00:04:48

010

Cross Creek Road

00:03:59

011

Baby Don't Like

00:09:20

011

Neckbone Stew

00:06:16

012

I Just Need A Smile

00:03:14

012

7 Years

00:04:56

 

 

 

013

Baby Don't Like

00:10:25

 

 

 

014

I Just Need A Smile

00:03:49

 

 

 

015

Country Boy Medley

00:19:57

 

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