Sunday, November 23, 2014

CD Review: Veteran Musicians Swamp Dogg And Willie Nile Produce Some Of Their Best Work

American soul/R&B singer Jerry Williams first hit the music charts in 1966 with the hit single "Baby, You're My Everything." Shortly after that, he reinvented himself and continued to record under the name "Swamp Dogg." He released twenty albums throughout his forty year career and has earned the accolades of "musical genius" and "one of the great cult figures of the 20th century." Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams recently released his latest album "The White Man Made Me Do It" on November 18th through Alive Records. It features fourteen compositions that could have easily been released in the seventies as the songs carry a strong funk/R&B sound, beginning with the title song. The song "Hey Renee" has a very contagious rhythm as Swamp Dogg also showcases his skills on the piano. The album does contain a few covers, including the sixties sway of Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" and the soulful blues of The Clovers' "Your Cash Ain't Nothing But Trash." You can feel the emotions in Swamp Dogg's delivery of the soulful vocals of "What Lonesome Is" and he gets funky with his tribute to Sly Stone in "Where Is Sly." The album finishes with his opinions on prejudice in the storied lyrics of "Prejudice Is Alive And Well" and the Southern groove of "If That Ain't The Blues Nothing Is." To find out more about Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams' latest release "The White Man Made Me Do It," please visit swampdogg.net.

Veteran rocker Willie Nile is releasing some of his best work these days. His last album "American Ride" made many critics "best of" lists of 2013 and he returns with the intimate "If I Was A River." The new release features Nile amongst a backdrop of piano with the occasional acoustic guitar or violin. The piano he performs on was the same one that he was playing on the night John Lennon was shot as Nile was making his second album in the studio next door to Lennon. The songs on this album showcase Nile in the stark setting as he sounds vulnerable on the opening title song, "If I was A River." His lyrics in "Lost" are some of the best of his career as the song shows grace and emotion, while "Lullaby Loon" is a rock song slowed-down and turned into singing drinking song. The grand feel of "Gloryland" and the folk styling of "Goin' To St. Louis" has Nile in a comfortable setting allowing his lyrics to become the focus of these songs. The album closes with "Let Me Be The River," which could easily have Nile be measured alongside legendary songwriters like Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. This new release is only available on CD at live shows and from willienile.com and digitally through music distributers. To find out more about this new album, please visit jsrdirect.com.

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