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“Jimmie Bratcher has once again shown his skill at adapting established and revered classics and making them his own on this collection of bluesified hymns and gospel songs.” – Lins Honeyman, @ CrossRhythms

 

THIS IS BLUES COUNTRY

Blues Matters

JIMMIE BRATCHER
THIS IS BLUES COUNTRY

Ain’t Skeert Tunes
The songs are all familiar, it is just that they are in a completely different genre. The guitarist and singer Jimmie Bratcher has assembled a crack team of blues and soul musicians to cover ten famous songs from the country songbook. Hank Williams’s Honky Tonk Blues is twisted blues, with sharp lead guitar, and a slow groove, whilst You Are My Sunshine is a Hammond Organ drenched soul shouter, with gospel interjections from Amanda Fish. Singing The Blues is a twelve bar boogie-woogie, with the slide guitar of Seam McDonald adding a lot to the down-home groove. I Don’t Hurt Anymore, originally a hit for Hank Snow is a showcase for Bratcher’s brooding vocals, and BB King-like guitar fills, whilst Under Your Spell is another blues pop confection, with something of a Motown swagger to it. The rest of the album lives up to the same standard of playing, singing, production and imaginative arrangements. Although there is a lot here to annoy purists, the intentions of the production are purely to add new interpretations to songs that are already familiar as country songs. These are all fine songs, regardless of genre, as this timely shows.

 

“With the calibre of material and Bratcher’s sheer talent, this is a sure fire winner.” –  Lins Honeyman, @ CrossRhythms

 

“Bratcher blues rockin’ traditional country songs” – Jim Clark, @ The Lee County Courier Tupelo, MS

 

“On the delightful This is Blues Country, Kansas City-based electric guitarist Jimmie Bratcher revisits 10 can’t-miss classics reimagined in varying degrees of re-creation in rock, blues or r&b formats.” – Jerome Clark, @ Rambles.net

 

Most music fans are aware that there’s little difference between country music and blues as far as lyrical content goes……most of the difference is in delivery and instrumentation.  The great thing about Bratcher’s efforts on This is Blues Country is that he didn’t merely cover these classic tunes.  He transforms them into something fresh and unique that should please fans of both genres. – Graham Clarke @ Friday Blues Fix Blog & Blues Bytes

 

10 classic country tunes done with a twist of blues and rock.  From Hank Williams to Jimmie Davis, Marty Robbins , Hank Snow, Merle Haggard, Don Gibson and more were given the Jimmie Bratcher, blues/rock and soul treatment.  The result is a delightful album of tunes we all grew up listening to. but in a totally different light.  Each tune was handled with the utmost respect and care, giving as much work as it took to see that the originals did not get lost on the make-over. – Bill Wilson @ ChickenWilson

 

 

The great thing about Bratcher’s efforts on This is Blues Country is that he didn’t merely cover these classic tunes. He transforms them into something fresh and unique that should please fans of both genres. – Graham Clarke @ Blues Bytes