Here’s the latest in my series about music I’m noticing in November.
I have no idea how I discovered the Red Devils. I think I’d read some obscure article about a hard-core blues band in LA that Mick Jagger was watching at some club. At any rate, I bought this CD when it came out, and I’m glad I did because they only made one, a live one that is so raw and joyous. It is certainly one of my top 3-4 blues CDs. It’s sweaty and smoky.
Here’s what this track tells me:
- There’s a difference between going to “church” and going to “church-AH”. I’m not sure what it is, but I know it’s real. In fact, I have been to both, but I’m not always sure how to make the “-AH” happen. Maybe someone should create a conference that teaches churches how to “add the -AH.” Someone get on that. Credit me when it’s done.
- You don’t ever need to change chords in a song.
- (Guitarists) You don’t ever need effects pedals.
- Simple music can be powerful.
I just love this stuff. It’s so stripped and, well, honest. You just don’t hear much music like this anymore. These guys tore it up, and did it about as close to the bone as you could.
There are actually YouTube videos of these guys, but make sure you check out the CD track. They really captured some mojo on that one.