The Devil Ain't Got No Music

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All Music Guide - J. Poet
Lurrie Bell was born in Chicago, but grew up playing gospel music in churches in the South. While the blues was considered the devil's music, Bell brought a lot of blues feeling to the music he played in church. Blues and gospel both have strong roots in the sounds of African music that Southern blacks passed on through the generations, and while the feel may be different, the underlying message of relief from human suffering is the same. The Devil Ain't Got No Music features Bell on acoustic guitar, backed by a hand-picked team of collaborators including Joe Louis Walker on vocals and slide guitar and drummer Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith. The songs include traditional numbers like...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Poet
Lurrie Bell was born in Chicago, but grew up playing gospel music in churches in the South. While the blues was considered the devil's music, Bell brought a lot of blues feeling to the music he played in church. Blues and gospel both have strong roots in the sounds of African music that Southern blacks passed on through the generations, and while the feel may be different, the underlying message of relief from human suffering is the same. The Devil Ain't Got No Music features Bell on acoustic guitar, backed by a hand-picked team of collaborators including Joe Louis Walker on vocals and slide guitar and drummer Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith. The songs include traditional numbers like "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" and "Trouble in My Way" and more contemporary tunes like James Taylor's "Lo and Behold" and Joe Louis Walker's "I'll Get to Heaven on My Own." On most of these performances, Bell eschews the usual jubilant sound of gospel and infuses these songs with a deep, distressing blues feeling that's so intense it's hard to listen to the whole album in one sitting. A thread of mortality runs through the album and even relatively uplifting lyrics like "Peace in the Valley" are given a desperate spin. When he sings "There will be peace in the valley for me some day," it's pretty clear that day is not today. The album's most uplifting song is the opening track, an almost carefree version of "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" featuring Bell's scatted asides and some euphoric guitar work. It might have worked better at the end of the album to provide some relief from the wrenching emotion he brings to most of these songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2012
  • Label: Aria B.G. Records
  • UPC: 626570619840
  • Catalog Number: 2
  • Sales rank: 102,439

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lurrie Bell Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Billy Branch Harmonica, Guest Appearance
Joe Louis Walker Vocals, Hand Clapping, Slide Guitar, Guest Appearance
Mike Avery Background Vocals
Yosef Ben Israel Upright Bass
Matthew Skoller Harmonica
Cynthia Butts Background Vocals
James Teague Background Vocals
Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith Percussion, Drums
Bill Sims Jr. Guitar, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Joe Louis Walker Composer
James Taylor Composer
Tom Waits Composer
Rev. Oris Mays Composer
Blaise Barton Engineer, Mastering
Rev. Gary Davis Composer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Matthew Skoller Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
Al Brandtner Art Direction
Traditional Composer
Tamara Backdrops Paintings
Rick Bates Executive Producer
Bill Sims Jr. Arranger
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