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Shannon, of STLBluesLos Lonely Boys – SacredReverend Raven - Big Bee

Reverend Raven have been around for a while playing his blues. He was born and raised in Chicago so I guess its no wonder some of his influences include Junior Wells, Muddy Waters, and Jimmy Rogers. His latest album is “Big Bee” and two of the original songs were written by Milwaukee’s own blues legend and my favorite, Jim Liban. Reverend Raven has also done work with local famed harp player Madison Slim who is a blues icon in his own right! Give this disc a listen and you will be hooked on the “Rev”, too!!

Rev Raven: vocals and guitar
PT Peterson: bass
Spencer Podash: drums
Benny Rickun: harmonica

1. My Life-nice tempo and good bluesin’
2. Big Bee-like the harp; song reminds me of Muddy
3. Once the Women Start Talking-nice guitar work on this upbeat tune
4. Someday When I’m Dead and Gone-good harpin’ and groovin’ song
5. You Ain’t No Friend of Mine-nice slow one here (Jim Liban)
6. Two Times Fine-bouncy blues; diggin’ it all the way
7. I Don’t Want to Know-heartbreak song (Jim Liban)
8. Here Comes My Baby-more nice stuff
9. Benny’s Bounce-my fav on the disc without a doubt
10. Don’t Get on the Wrong Side of my Baby-rev workin on that guitar
11. Bad Little Girls-my second fav on the disc; digable
12. I wanna Love You-toe tappin’
13. She’s Movin’ On-good fast dancin’ song

Overall I enjoyed this album and look forward to catching the Rev again. I am lucky since he plays in town here at least once a week ? We need some good bluesy stuff around Milwaukee!! I give this album a 4 of 5 on the STLBluesometer. It was easy listening and toe tappin’ grooves. Check the band out at reverendraven.com.

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