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Peter 'Cornbread' CohenBy Cornbread

Kingdom Brothers – Shine A Light
Kingdom Brothers – Shine A Light

I’m at the crossroads again. About nine years ago I was in LA, went to B.B. King’s and caught “Brothers N’ Blues”. I remember being blown away as I listened to a Christian based blues band, and also remember thinking it was a paradox within itself. Now nine years later and in St. Louis I keep hearing about this band tearing it up around town, the Kingdom Brothers, and yes, a Christian based blues band. With much anticipation I got their newest CD from my buddy, Bob Walther (Bass). Walther is joined by Tom Wilson (Vocals), Ron Roskowske (Guitar), Chris Shepherd (Vocal/Guitar), Stan Gill (Piano/Organ), JR Payne (Drums) and Beth Tuttle (Tambourine).

The songs:
1. Shine A Light
2. Testify
3. Blind Man
4. Bad Love
5. Higher Ground
6. Turn Around
7. You Was Wrong
8. Feel Like Crying
9. Nobody's Fault But Mine
10. Cissy Strut

Musically, this was nothing short of a great album with some blues highlights. The rich soulful vocals, plenty of guitar, piano boogie woogie and prominent bass make it an enjoyable listen. I liked it. In particular Shine A Light was guitar-o-plenty with a solid bass and piano. You Was Wrong is a terrific version of ZZ Hills song with killer guitar. Bad Love is a cool, Robert Cray-like song and among my favorites. Blind Man takes us on a blues journey to Chicago with guitar and organ each taking shots at solos. Feel Like Crying tastes like Freddie King with fancy fret work that left my mouth watering for more. The Kingdom Brothers bring together a mix of R&B, Blues and Gospel from their hometown, St. Louis.


Peace and Love
Peter 'Cornbread' Cohen, CBP
~ Cornbread@STLBlues.net

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