by George Francis
Staying true to the haunting harmonies, the group gives particular focus to the background vocals, including several layers of their female vocalist, LaTanya Foster — a classically trained opera performer — and a strong baritone foundation from their frontman, Nathan Singer. Singer’s soulful rendition of the lead is both a somber and biting reminder of our mortality. Between the heavier instrument arrangement and the dark supporting vocals that stay true to the original, yet enhance the impact of the part, the piece breathes new life into one of Slim’s best-known songs.
Though the version currently on the web is listed as a “pre-master” track, I’m told the final iteration will be released soon. “Mother Earth,” along with other blues classics from Blind Willie Johnson and The Louvin Brothers, and six original songs will appear on their upcoming CD, “Loose Change for a Broken Man,” intended to be released in February 2014.
Visit their website <http://whiskeyshambles.com> to listen to Mother Earth and several other songs from the new album, and find out more about this exciting new group. If you like what you hear, they’re up for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award in the Blues category, so be sure to give them a vote, and definitely check out one of their live shows soon — which I hear are something to behold.