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"Demanding To Be Next"

Maybe you discovered him on Blind Pig Records, or tracked him from California to Ireland to Brooklyn, discovering Crow and The 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 Way Around."

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 album.

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!

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The 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 (


"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 album. (read more)


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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