Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Memphis Isn't All That Big....
For the best part of 20 years Colorblind James and his ever changing ensemble made some of the most intelligent, heartfelt and original music to appear out of the U.S. of A. It's difficult to find a genre of music that did no find it's away into the recordings of his band, The Colorblind James Experience. There's elements of Rock'n'Roll, country, folk, jazz, gospel, polka and a bit of Tex Mex thrown in for good measure. An early critic described their music as "The sound of the working class ascending to heaven." That's a pretty decent approximation of their sound.
Their three minutes of fame came to them in the late 80's when John Peel and Andy Kershaw started played tracks from their eponymous debut which eventually reached Number 5 in the Indie Chart. The pinnacle of the album and the track that got them a coveted slot in the Festive 50 was Considering A Move To Memphis where James considers the consequences of relocating to Elvis' hometown sung to a tune that blended all the finest musical elements of the band into a perfect six and a half minutes.
** This posting is for my best mate as, due to suffering from an ever increasing tendency to forgot what I done 5 minutes ago never mind remember dates of birthdays each year, I managed to completely forget his birthday a couple of weeks ago so this is for you mate.
Colorblind James Experience - Considering A Move To Memphis