Mighty Mo Rodgers – Mud ‘n Blood – A Mississippi Blues Tale

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The sixth installment of his Blues Odyssey takes Maurice Rodgers into the South of the past. Throughout this haunted musical trip, we see Mo travelling with the memories of an uncle who spent more than twelve years on a chain gang, of a father who was born a mere 20 years after the end of slavery.

Artist Biography by Al Campbell

Mighty Mo Rodgers (real name Maurice Rodgers) was born in Indiana where his father owned a club that featured blues performers. When Rodgers wasn't studying classical piano he was checking out the blues artists that played there. Growing up, Rodgers was deeply affected by the mid-'60s soul music from the Memphis-based Stax label. Using Stax as an influence, Rodgers started his first band while in high school called the Rocketeers. Upon entering Indiana State College, Rodgers fronted another band, the Maurice Rodgers Combo, playing Wurlitzer piano and incorporating originals with cover versions of popular songs from the era. He finally decided to quit college, move to L.A., and give music his full-time attention. There he played gigs and recorded with many blues and R&B legends; his organ can be heard on Brenton Wood's 1967 hit Gimme Little Sign. Throughout the years Rodgers has not limited himself to performing. In 1973 he produced the album Sonny and Terry on A&M records for Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. After growing tired of tedious session work, he continued to write songs and became a house songwriter for Motown and Chappel Publishing. Rodgers also continued to produce sessions for other artists and decided to go back to school where he received a degree in philosophy. In 1999 he released his first solo effort, Blues Is My Wailin' Wall, on Blue Thumb. The recording contained all original material, mixing his philosophical views with blues/soul musical roots.

Track Listing:
Twilight: 1. Goin’ South - 0:23   2. Haunted By The Blues - 3:17   The Dark: 3. The Ghost of Highway 61 - 3:11   4. Unmarked Grave - 2:13   5. Run Brother Run - 1:01   6. Backroad Blues - 0:45   7. Devil Train Boogie - 3:18   8. I Got A Call From The Devil - 2:10   9. The People Could Fly - 2:31   The Light: 10. Drivin' Up - 0:31   11. Juke Joint Jumpin’ - 4:17   12. White Lightnin’and High Yella - 3:33   13. Love Will Only Make U Sweat - 3:41   14. Everybody Needs The Blues - 2:39   15. Thank You Mississppi - 2:54   16. Almost Home - 3:45

Mighty Mo Rodgers (vocals , keys on 1-3,5-9,11-16), background vocals on 16) , Clarence Harris (drums on 1,2,7,13,14) , Burleigh Drummond (drums on 3,6,11,12,15,16) , Smiley Lang (bass on 1-2,7,14) , Willie B Sharp (bass on 3,6,11,12,15,16) , Dizzy Dale Williams (guitar on 1-2,5,7,13-15) , Butch Mudbone (guitar on 3) , Darryl Dunmore (harp on 1,7,11,12,14,16, dobro on 6,11) , Derf Reklaw (bottle player) , Davyd Johnson (sax on 7,12,13) , Juke Jointers (singers on 11) , Margrette Floyd (singer on 12,16) , Patricia Rodgers (songer on 12)


1. - Frank Schatorjé
Op het CV van Mighty Mo Rodgers staan o.a. namen als T-Bone Walker, Bobby Bland, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee, Little Milton en Mighty Sam McClain. Namen om mee te pronken voor deze 72-jarige bluesveteraan. Een muzikant die de blues beleeft, die de blues bezingt, die de blues zijn historische waarde geeft. Hij is in 1999 gestart om een blues–cyclus te musiceren in twaalf delen. Met dit album is hij aangekomen in zijn 6e deel, op de helft dus. In deze muzikale reis beschrijft hij het zuiden, Mississippi, de bakermat van de blues. De herinneringen van zijn oom bezingt hij. Deze oom zat 12 ½ jaar in een Chain Gang. Maar ook herinneringen aan zijn vader die 20 jaar ná het einde van de slavernij is geboren.
Een CD in drie hoofdstukken “Twilight”, “The Dark” en “The Light”. Hij begint met een quote van William Faulkner “To Understand the World You Must First Understand A Place Like Mississippi”. Hij zingt over “Highway 61”, de weg waarlangs alle bluesmuzikanten reisden of leefden. Over de slavernij. Maar ook over de belevenissen rond de blues, de uitgelatenheid in een “Juke Joint” over liefde en romances. Een gevarieerd album, een ware geschiedenisles met de mystieke, donkere kanten, maar zeer zeker ook alle moois en inspiratie die de blues heeft gebracht. Eigenlijk zijn alle twaalf delen een aanrader voor de bluesliefhebber, maar ik zou maar eens beginnen met deel zes “Mud ’N Blood”.


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