2022 – Adam Gussow and Roderick Patterson
By Phillip Smith; Sep. 10, 2022
Original source : phillycheezeblues.blogspot.com
I was quite enamored with Come Together the debut album from Sir Rod & The Blues Doctors when I reviewed it a couple of years ago. I have the same opinion regarding their latest album Keeping it in the Family. It’s a live thirteen track delight featuring new original songs, fresh covers, and past favorites. Front-man and vocalist Sir Rod is Roderick Patterson. He is the nephew of New York blues legend Sterling Magee aka Mr. Satan from the critically-acclaimed blues duo Satan & Adam. University of Mississippi professors Adam Gussow and Alan Gross form the Blues Doctors. Gussow (Satan & Adam) brings his amazing harmonica playing to the trio and Mississippi bluesman/cigar box guitar luthier Alan Gross (Terry “Harmonica” Bean) brings his guitar mastery.
Kicking the record off, in a feel-good style, is Big Joe Turner’s classic “Shake, Rattle, and Roll”. It rolls right into an exuberant performance of the Satan & Adam song “Seventh Avenue”. Sir Rod’s smokey vocals sound fabulous as Gussow ignites the flame on this funky blues track with his harp. It’s an absolute favorite. Spirits remain elevated as they skillfully perform a blues transfusion on James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good)”. A heart-felt tribute is paid to Mr. Satan on a Sir Rod original called “Brother Sterling”. Afterward, Gussow and Gross break into a smokin’ funky performance on instrumental “Thunky Fing Rides Again”. It made me happy that they added a live version of the title track to their debut album, “Come Together”. This song about peace and love is a song everyone should give a listen to. The listener is transported to the Mississippi Delta for a soulful remake of Bobby Gentry’s “Ode to Billy Joe”. It’s outstanding. Bringing the album to its close in full-on-party mode, they cover Clifton Chenier’s 1977 release “Hot Tamale Baby”. This zydeco-turned-blues side is a certified shindig.
Sir Rod and the Blues Doctors have captured lightning in a bottle once again with Keeping it in the Family. With a chemistry which stretches beyond the music, this band puts a smile on my face with every listen.
PhillyCheeze’s review for Sir Rod & The Blues Doctors – Come Together
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