MP3 KM Williams - Live In Italy (DVD/CD) -- Roots and Blues Festival 2005
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BLUES: Texas Style, BLUES: Delta Style
KM Williams â Live In Italy â The Roots and Blues Festival 2005
DVD/CD Combo Package
Regular readers of this magazine(BLUES IN BRITAIN) will be aware of my passion for the downhome blues of KM Williams â The Texas Country Blues Preacher â and with the recent death of RL Burnside, his importance has become further highlighted, as much of his music is driven by the hypnotic/percussive rhythms, keening slide and mesmerizing vocals that make North Mississippi hill country blues so distinctive and so popular.
This DVD/CD combo was recorded live at The Rootsway RootsânâBlues & Food Festival, in Guigno, Italy, 2005 â the DVD featuring thirteen tracks, and the CD, eight of these tracks plus one not featured on the DVD.
The DVD opens with the percussive âTexas Country Boogieâ, a tribute to Blind Lemon Jefferson â Williams, sitting on a stool, tapping his feet to the rhythm, commenting, âI thought we had a drummer â I guess heâll turn up after a whileâ â which he does, half way through the hypnotic hill country rhythms of âDo You now Where Iâm Goingâ â the fact he turns up with a washboard strapped to his chest, making Williamâs feel right at home, as this features prominently in his duo Trainreck.
The link to RL Burnside is acknowledged when Williams' plays "The Train Keeps AâRollin", a song he learned from RL, and one he delivers in RLâs brooding style, the drummerâs sparse stick-work adding to that hill country groove, as it is reminiscent of the style of T-Model Fordâs drummer, Spam.
Other influences come via âOne Of These Old Daysâ, a doom-laden blues that captures the true essence of Sam Hopkinsâ blues; âScratch My Backâ, with itâs washboard driven rhythms, that, you can gather from the title, evokes the swamp blues of Harpo, Sundown, Hogan et al; the John Lee Hooker inspired âLetâs Boogieâ; and the brooding âGod Donât Ever Changeâ, where his percussive slide and anguished vocals raise the spectre of the great Blind Willie Johnson.
Robert Johnsonâs âCome Into My Kitchenâ (sic) is invested with a sparse hill country feel, and Elmoreâs âThe Sky Is Cryinâ is turned into a plaintive Texas country blues replete with a plodding rhythm and anguished vocals and slide.
The set finishes back in hill country territory, with âCanât Be Worriedâ, Williams getting off his stool for the first time to boogie and shimmy across the stage.
The CD track not featured on the DVD is RLBâs âJump(er) On The Lineâ, another wild example of hill country blues at itâs finest.
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