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Review of the Reverend Freakchild’s Blues and Spirituals

Reverend Freakchild is a multiple throwback. He evokes the great "blue-eyed soul" vocalists of past decades, like Leon Russell or a laid-back Tim Buckley. But he's also, like John Hammond Jr., a student of traditional acoustic blues guitar (the instrumental slide masterpiece "Black Cherry Blues" is the best example of this, and his smooth version of the Beatles' "Yer Blues" is an inspired choice). He also brings jazzy, but not flashy, touches to his playing, like a humbler version of Jorma Kaukkonen or Leo Kottke. The traditional artist this "Reverend" most often brings to mind, however - not so much for his technique but for overall musical sensibility - is another Reverend, namely Gary Davis. As the title indicates, the selections are mostly blues and spirituals, but some of the tunes (like "Rolling On" and the cover of "Willin'") are closer to folk-pop. He's also got a broad playful side, as in the frenetic ode to pot "Cheeba-Cheeba" and the unlisted sample-laden extra track at the end. Freakchild's soulful vocals and sensitive guitar work lock these elements together, resulting in a musical mosaic that pays reverent tribute to the spiritual and soulful traditions of American music, all with a plain old voice and a plain old guitar (and a couple of dabs of harmonica).
- Jon Sobel


Blues & Spirituals - Treated & Released Records - 2002


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In addition to singing with the Metro Mass Gospel Choir at such venues as the Apollo, Town Hall and Carnegie Hall the Reverend serves up some hot Gospel and Blues at Tobacco Road every Sunday. In his live solo show as well as on the latest CD Blues and Spiritual, the guitar playing, both slide and traditional, wins you over and his sweet and soulful voice of wit and praise takes you higher. The Reverend’s latest effort Blues and Spirituals, tells a history of Americana and delivers some new originals and old time favorites in a country blues style. The Reverend Freakchild currently resides in New York City with his wife. J-Glo and their basset-hound Elvis.