To Be Next!
you discovered him on Blind
Pig Records, or tracked
him from California to Ireland to Brooklyn, discovering Crow
Devil's Buttermilk along the way. Or perhaps you
saw his international tours with Eagle-Eye
Cherry, and heard his lyrics and guitar playing on
Eagle-Eye's albums "Living in the Present Future" and
"Sub Rosa," including the international hit "Long
Or maybe you're about to discover Preacher Boy as he brings it all
back home with Demanding
To Be Next, his latest, 13-song solo-acoustic
If you've seen Preacher Boy's solo performances, you know how much
vibe he can generate with just the raw emotion of his voice, the
keening of his slide on that ancient National Steel, and the thump
and brush of his fingers picking steel strings. Now, for the first
time, you can hear Preacher Boy on album in this raw and
intimately powerful setting. It's just him and his guitar, performing
thirteen of his absolutely finest songs. Be next
to own it!
Tracks from "Demanding To Be Next"
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"The Devil's Buttermilk" at CD Baby!
Opening Credits from the film Love In The Age Of Fishsticks,
by director/writer Yun Shin, with the Preacher Boy song "I
Miss You," and featuring original animation by Louis Gonzalez
of Pixar (www.louisgonzalez.com)
"Demanding To Be Next" is a decisive album for Preacher Boy,
clearly defining his place amongst his contemporary peers and influences.
The album takes a natural place alongside the works of progressive
Americana songwriters Chris Whitley, Gillian Welch,
and Kelly Joe Phelps, modern-day bluesmen Corey Harris
and Alvin Youngblood Hart, funky retro stylists G. Love
and The North Mississipi All-Stars, punk-roots acts The
White Stripes and Jon Spencer, and even eclecticists
as diverse as Beck, Nick Cave, and Tom Waits.
Working so often with fellow songwriters Eagle-Eye Cherry
and Eric Schermerhorn (The The, Iggy Pop, Pink, Jason Mraz,
Seal, etc.) has also clearly influenced Preacher Boy's work on this
Classic Americana has its rightful place of influence on the
disc as well. There are hints of The Band and early Bob
Dylan, touches of Townes Van Zandt and Kris Kristofferson,
a dose or two of Tony Joe White, and even a little "Harvest"-era
Neil Young and "Nebraska"-era Bruce Springsteen.
Preacher Boy also digs deep into his earliest influences on this
album, drawing on a near lifetime of passion for acoustic blues.
"Demanding To Be Next" includes a version of Preacher Boy's
longtime concert staple "Death Letter," originally by legendary
Delta bluesman Eddie "Son" House. The delta and country blues
influence can in fact be felt throughout the whole album. You can
hear a little Bukka White and Blind Willie Johnson
in the gruff vocals and propulsive slide guitar playing on some
tracks, whereas the rolling finger-picking and huskily intimate
vocals on others evokes the likes of Mississippi John Hurt
and Mance Lipscomb. And hauntingly legendary bluesman Skip
James even shows up as the namesake for one tune, the ghosty
folk lament "Nehemiah James."
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