Jimbo Mathus (from the album Incinerator available Big Legal Mess Records)
Spirits live in the songs of Jimbo Mathus, rising up from Incinerator, his recent release. The souls gathered on album opener “You are Like a Song” sway in call and response harmonies while guitar and rhythms slowly reveal the wrong way down “Sunken Road” and a marching cadence guides the simmering Soul of “Sunk a Little Loa”. The inspiration for Jimbo Mathus in every aspect of his career is the Deep South he calls his home, evidenced in the audio cape Incinerator dons when haunted hoodoo lyrics and a back bayou ‘Acadian rhythm’ crawl through the swamp mists melodies of the title track.
The common link for Jimbo Mathus over his infamous musical journey is his dedication to craftsmanship, a trait noticed by peers such as Lilly Hiatt, Andrew Bird, and Shinyribs who a guest chair on Incinerator. The studio had two chairs sitting behind the board, with production credits shared by Bronson Trew and Matt Patton (Drive-By Truckers). This allowed Jimbo Mathus to focus on his performance, feeling that ‘I wanted to get to the soul of these songs, without distractions. So, I decided to play piano and record my singing live in the studio. It’s instinctual for me to plug in an electric guitar and rock. But I was seeking the kind of perfection you find in Romantic poetry. I wanted to hear the lyrics surrounded by space, and then add colors after I considered what was needed’. Shuffling feet walk by the side of Jimbo Mathus on the Country Blues of “Jack Told the Devil” as legs become rhythmic weights as he drags feelings across “Really Loved Someone” while Pony sets up a revival band to busk for salvation in “Give Me the Roses”
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