Janiva Magness (from the album Love is an Army available on Blue Elan Records)
There are plenty of issues to go around. The answer for Janiva Magness is her song “Love to a Gunfight”. Country Blues is the soundtrack as Janiva Magness confronts the conversation about gun control, suggests the strongest wall will be built when we lock arms, and advocates to ‘stand up and step out of line and break the law when love is a crime’ as she fills the ranks with words and music, offering Love is An Army as a way to win a war. Inspiration comes from personal experience when Janiva Magness gets in the face of white entitlement in “Tell Me”, wraps memories of good times in a slow dance with challenges in “When It Rains”, and slides a Memphis groove underneath a message to help others in “What’s That They Say About You”.
Musically, Love is an Army uses the Rhythm and the Blues to build a bridge between sounds of the past and the present as it tells ageless tales of love and protest. Guests stop by for the recording of Love is an Army with Hill Country bluesman Cedric Burnside stomping alongside the rhythmic boom of “Home” and Courtney Hartman (Della Mae) joining the band for “Down Below”. Love is an Army beats a slow drum for the march of the title track, Janiva Magness joined by Bryan Stephens on the cut with Rusty Young (Poco) on board for vocal and pedal steel work in “On and On”, Charlie Mussellwhite stepping up to the microphone with his harmonica on “Hammer”, and top-shelf Blues crooner Delbert McClinton the male counterpart of the relationship in “What Could I Do”. Janiva Magness collects the masses, leading the faithful into Love is An Army as boots hit the ground in a smoldering-groove procession for “Back to Blue”.
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