The Reverend Billy C. Wirtz – Sermon From Bethlehem
Reverend Billy C. Wirtz is a comic genius, gifted pianist and American musicologist who defies easy classification. The eclectic, wide-ranging subject matter of his songs, administered with sharp wit and biting satire, has fans rolling in the aisles during his manic live performances. Sermon From Bethlehem, released as a CD as well as a DVD, documents Billy live at his schizophrenic best, careening non-stop through a selection of old comic favorites ("Roberta", "Grandma VS The Crusher", etc.) and soon-to-be classics ("Female Problems", "Do The Toleration", etc.), as well as knocking out some of the smokin'est blues and boogie-woogie this side of Sunnyland Slim. The companion DVD has a significantly different program than the CD and includes an interview.
1. Introduction - 0:31 2. Rockin' with the Rev - 1:38 3. Sleeper Hold on Satan - 4:21 4. Cousin Cupcake's Got the Blues - 4:09 5. Do the Toleration - 2:45 6. Jerry Rig - 2:43 7. Female Problems - 5:16 8. The King & I - 3:35 9. Grandma vs. the Crusher - 3:49 10. Pipeliner Blues - 2:54 11. What I Used to Do All Night - 3:15 12. The Visitor - 3:42 13. Last Date - 1:39 14. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - 2:39
1. Blues Revue
"Brings the exuberance of an evening with the piano-playing funnyman into sharp relief. The DVD adds a handful of comedy bits and extended tunes that display Wirtz's madcap stage presence. A brief but interesting interview is alone worth the price of the disc."
2. AllMusic - Scott Yanow
Reverend Billy C. Wirtz's Sermon from Bethlehem (which was recorded at a live concert in Bethlehem, PA) is consistently hilarious. Wirtz's lyric writing and ability to put across his jokes make him seem like a rock & roll Dave Frishberg. Despite the religious allusions, Wirtz's subject matter ranges pretty wide, including toleration of others, a very witty allusion to his problems with women of all occupations, a tribute to his grandmother (who, according to the story, died while yelling at a televised wrestling show), and two songs that star Elvis Presley. A fine boogie-woogie and blues pianist and an excellent singer, Wirtz is quite entertaining and well worth discovering.
You may also like…
The Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
Sermon From Bethlehem
Reverend Billy C. Wirtz is a comic genius, gifted pianist and American musicologist who defies easy classification. The eclectic, wide-ranging…Read more Add to cart
30th Anniversary Collection
To celebrate our “Pearl” anniversary – 30 years as purveyors of the finest in blues and roots music – we…Read more Add to cart