Bap Kennedy - Domestic Blues
Personnel includes: Bap Kennedy, Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith, Roy Huskey, Jr., Jerry Douglas, Norman Blake, Nancy Blake, Peter Rowan.
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- Long Time A Comin'
- The Way I Love Her
- Domestic Blues
- I've Fallen in Love
- Angel is the Devil
- The Backroom
- Mostly Water
- The Ghosts of Belfast
- I Want My Money
- The Shankill and the Falls.
Domestic Blues is the debut solo album, from the ex. Energy Orchard
front man Bap Kennedy. The album isn't what you would expect from a man
who has made his name from performing Celtic rock/blues, for the simple
fact is that it has got a pure country feel to it, without slavishly adhering
to it. Not the run of the mill, shit kicking, cowboy talking, American,
thinking, no feeling country that seems to be bombarding us at every turn
now. No it's real music, music that has that something, that something
is heart and soul.
When asked in a recent interview, (Hot Press, August 1997), how he
felt about setting up his stall in the home of America's blue collar industry,
he replied, "Sure we invented f*****g country music, and I'm just staking
my claim." What more can you say?
The album which is as yet unreleased, sees Kennedy teamed up with Country
rebel Steve Earle who produces and also guests on the album. Also present
is another legend, Nanci Griffith, who features on two of the songs.
The album is reminiscent of the time in the early '80's when Steve
Earle, Nanci Griffith, Dwight Yoakam and Randy Travis changed the shape
of country music forever, pushing the boundaries to a new place, a place
never seen before. Now it's Bap's turn.
The twelve track album, are all Bap's songs with the exception of "Angel
is the Devil" which is from the pen of Steve Earle. The album is a skillful
blend of dobro, mandolin and pure vocals that lead to an old time feeling.
The album is mostly like it's title suggests, stories of sadness and
turmoil in the personal life, be it love life, "The Way I Love Her",
"Domestic Blues", or financially, "I want My Money", but there is also
the other side of life to it, such as the hauntingly beautiful "I've Fallen
in Love". The feeling that Kennedy puts into his songs leaves the listener
in doubts to the fact that he has lived each and every word of the songs.
Significantly the songs that Nanci Griffith appear on both relate to
Bap's home town of Belfast, namely "The Ghosts of Belfast" and "The Shankill
and the Falls". When asked recently was it coincidence or not that this
happened Kennedy said, "She (Griffith) was listening through the tracks
and she picked up on those ones. She's written a few songs about Ireland,
and that was the connection. She just seemed to home in on those songs
it was all very natural" (Hot Press, August 1997).
Domestic Blues has the ability to put you up on a high one moment,
and in the next, kick the chair from under your arse and leave you feeling
as if the world is going to end. This is a tribute to Kennedy's song-writing
talents and the pure feeling he puts into them. Scheduled for release in
mid 1998, it is a must if you consider your self to be a serious
music fan be it country, rock, pop or whatever, this is an album that needs
to be in your collection, make sure you buy it, you have been warned!
Alan Burns/Country Music Gazette