KRCB FM Radio 91 presents The Reverend Shawn Amos & The Brotherhood are coming to The Mystic Theatre on Sunday April 19, 2020! Tom Freund Music opens.
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★ Doors 7:30 pm / Show 8:30 pm
★ The Reverend Shawn Amos
Unlike past Shawn Amos collaborations with Matthew Sweet and Solomon Burke, the Brotherhood is in it for the long haul. “Everybody feels pride of ownership,” the Rev says of Blue Sky. The band has already hit the road and will tour through 2020.
“These songs are really special to Shawn,” says Brady Blade, who previously hosted the Rev’s debut album (produced by Mindi Abair) at his Shreveport studio, and laid down drums. “It’s up to us whether we’re ready to jump in and contribute 150%. If we’re not, it’s not a brotherhood.”
Clearly, from the barn-burning blues stomp of “Counting Down the Days” to the smoky R & B of “Water” to the rollicking “27 Dollars,” the Brotherhood is, indeed, down.
The material showcases Shawn Amos’s songwriting like no previous Rev outing; here furious, there vulnerable; here gadabout and crazy, there forlorn and tender; all buoyed by musicians emboldening a beloved family member.
“When I first played blues,” the Rev says, “I had no interest in writing. I put up a firewall between the Rev and my Americana past.” Meaning his three Shawn Amos albums, lauded singer-songwriter offerings featuring Ray Parker, Jr., Solomon Burke, and the Jayhawks’ Mark Olson. “But I slowly got the bug again. This is the first time I’ve had the space to try to be more of a singer-songwriter within the confines of the blues.”
Brady Blade says, “Brotherhood, to me, means togetherness, being able to interact with each other in a more personal way because it’s not like ‘Oh, he's my boss. I'm just the side guy.’ The Brotherhood, in this context with Shawn, helps drive the music. Because the tension has to be there. Also, the happiness has to be there. For all of us, the happiness has definitely come out on this record.”
Happiness due in part to a creative spirit fully immersed in the work, able to access and manifest the nitty-gritty because his brothers have his back. “My whole artistic life has been a process of: how do I get all of me to show up?” the Rev says. “I fought hard to be here, so I’m gonna make sure all of me shows up.”
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