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Born Again (And the religion is the blues)

Artist: Billy Jenkins

Date of Release: 08/11/2010

Catalogue no: VOCD111

Label: VOTP

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Born Again (and the religion is the blues)

4.11

2

 

Ain’t Getting Married In the Morning

3.30

3

 

I Felt So Guilty

4.49

4

 

I Don’t Want Another Night Like That

3.32

5

 

I Hate Dogs

2.59

6

 

Looking For Mr Happy

2.55

7

 

When The Parents Come To Stay

6.23

8

 

Chained

2.37

9

 

I Took A Walk

9.10

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Jim Watson

Modern morality suburban blues tales written over the last decade and served up by Billy's Trio Blues Suburbia with the usual collection of wide ranging and 'must be listened to' guests.

Award winning organist Jim Watson provides the unique sound canvas upon which Jenkins lets rip with some terrifying one take blues guitar - captured in all its sweat, blood and torn sinew by recording engineer and producer Charlie Hart.


'He mixes elements of the blues with the spirit of
punk rock all beautifully gift wrapped with the joy of jazz...'
Claire Martin Jazz Line Up BBC R3


Trio Blues Suburbia:

Billy Jenkins - electric guitar & vocals
Jim Watson - Korg BX3 organ
Mike Pickering - drumkit

with

Carol Grimes, Dorie Jackson, Louise Marshall – backing vocals
+
special guests including Dylan Bates (violin), Richard Bolton (electric guitar), Thad Kelly (electric bass), Roy Dodds (sidecar drumkit), Dave Ramm (cruiseship organ) , Perry White (piano) & Sam Pickering (ukulele & voice).

and the secular gospel VOGC Junior League Choir:

Chris Batchelor, Ella Batchelor, Georgia Batchelor, Dylan Bates, Richard Bolton, Gary J. Brady, Roy Dodds, Thaddeus Kelly, Tony Messenger, Kit Packham, Mike Pickering,Carol
Tighe, Gerry Tighe, Katy Tighe, Sophie Tighe & Joe Wilkes.

 

Reviews

 

08/11/2010 musicOMH.com


‘Tremendously exciting, sometimes unashamedly bracing, Jenkins takes old clichés and refashions them with wild wit and considerable charisma. He celebrates the poetry of the everyday in a language that completely lacks pretence or affectation.

‘Musically, Born Again is a ferocious, energised tour through what is in Jenkins' hands the varied terrain of the blues. For those who prefer the blues to be delivered in blistering, abrasive, confident and idiosyncratic form, Jenkins proves that the form can still be more inspiration than limitation’.

Daniel Paton

 

05/11/2010 The Guardian

With the reissues of his 1980s Uncommerciality recordings, this south London blues guitarist and chronicler of Lewisham's mean streets reminded audiences how much substance as well as suburban-nightmare comedy there is in his work. If you aren't consoled by Billy Jenkins's lyrics about maddening dogs and parents, then Born Again – a favourite melange of chugging boogie, staggering guitar solos (in both senses), cameos for family members, and backing choirs of handy mates, relatives and stars (Carol Grimes in this case) – is unlikely to convert you. But Jenkins regulars will love these blues rants about lousy nights out ("I don't want/ another night like that/ the drinks were too expensive/ and the food was crap") or suicide in the local duck pond ("And there I'll be if I go missin'/ you will find me when you're fishin"), as well as some fierce Hammond-organ bursts from Dave Ramm, and plenty of shrapnel-scattering guitar solos from The Man from Lewisham himself.


John Fordham

 

01/11/2010 Blues in Britain


'Jenkins is one of the most original songwriters on today’s British blues scene. He guitar work is unique, exhilarating and manic as ever and Jim Watson gets the chance to stretch out in a manner that may not go down too well on his other gig with Katie Melua. Jenkins’ music may be an acquired taste but one certainly worth acquiring'.

Jon Taylor

 

25/09/2010 www.vortexjazz.co.uk

'Billy Jenkins's ability to produce compelling, utterly convincing but uncompromisingly English blues is unrivalled, and this album contains some of his finest work in the genre.

The form is addressed in all its varieties, from the rollickingly gritty and gospelly (the opening, title track), through the defiant shuffle ('Ain't Getting Married in the Morning') and achingly slow confessional blues ('I Felt So Guilty'), to the slide-guitar-led 'I Hate Dogs' (Amen!) and the cri de coeur that is 'When the Parents Come to Stay', an unflinching reaction to the problems arising from a combination of the generation gap and the effects of senile dementia (bathtime staples: 'Steradent, Anusol, TCP, Warfarin').

Perhaps its standout track, however, is ironically the least bluesy: the haunting closer 'I Took a Walk', which is Jenkins's 'Not Dark Yet', a typically dispassionate, unsentimental, yet touching meditation on the suicidal impulse.

Jenkins's own highly distinctive scrabbling, blistering guitar is heavily featured throughout, and his core blues trio (completed by drummer Mike Pickering and organist Jim Watson) performs impeccably whatever the tempo and mood; with guest appearances from violinist Dylan Bates, guitarist Richard Bolton, bassist Thad Kelly et al., this is another Jenkins triumph.'

Chris Parker

 

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