Unchained Maladies

Unchained Maladies

by Billy C. Wirtz

CD

Overview

Like most comedians, you either get the joke with Rev. Billy C. Wirtz or you don't...and if you don't get the joke, you very well may find his whole schtick a little offensive. Wirtz, after all, purports to be a social satirist sending up both America and Southern blues and gospels. To these ears, it doesn't really sound affectionate, but that's probably because I've never quite gotten over songs like "Strange Butt Blues," "Honky Tonk Hermaphrodite," "Will There Be a Shopping Mall in Heaven?," "Freeway to Stairbird," "Grandma Vs. The Crusher" and "Phone Call from Cletus." The good reverend appears to be cleaning up his act, since there's nothing quite so blatantly ridiculous on Unchained Maladies, his sixth album. He puts his piano in the forefront here, which is a blessing since his playing is admittedly fine, but the humor is an unnecessary burden to the occasionally good music.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/18/1998
Label: Hightone Records
UPC: 0012928809320
catalogNumber: 8093

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy C. Wirtz   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Vocals,Vibes
Ace Moreland   Acoustic Guitar
Root Boy Slim   Vocals
Byrd Foster   Drums,Background Vocals
Bob "Rattlesnake" Greenlee   Bass,Piano
Warren "King Fish" King   Guitar
Dru Lombar   Guitar
Bill "Foots" Samuel   Tenor Saxophone
Terry Myers   Baritone Saxophone
Mark Hodgson   Harmonica
Molly Nova   Electric Violin

Technical Credits

Ace Moreland   Engineer
Bill "Foots" Samuel   Horn Arrangements
Dick Bangham   Art Direction
Linda Gibbon   Art Direction

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