Preachin’ Blues

Reverend Freakchild

Treated And Released Records 2017

Review by David Bowling


He is irreverent, somewhat amusing, and caustic but his faith in the blues is pure. He has just returned with a new album called Preachin’ Blues.

Reverend Freakchild, despite all his idiosyncrasies, is a traditional blues artist. It is just him, his guitar, and his songs.

He is on solid ground when he leaves his shtick behind and concentrates on covering some of the classic blues songs from the American Delta. Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean,” “Preachin’ Blues” by Son House, Reverend Gary Davis’ “Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down,” and the public domain “In My Time Of Dying” are all presented in their gritty and ragged glory. These songs are meant for a simple, stripped down approach and his style fits that mold.

He is also a capable songwriter as “Holy Breathing Blues” and “All I have Is Now” demonstrate. On the other hand, I could do without the essay “Transcendence Through Music: Buddha And The Blues” and his short philosophical pronouncements.

Reverend Freakchild at his best is a basic acoustic blues artist. Preachin The Blues presents that talent admist a few distractions.

Rating: ***