Jarekus Singleton is a refreshing new creative Mississippi Blues artist presented by Alligator Records, that shows his roots in gospel and also rap/hip-hop, but always putting the latter two in a Blues context. Just so we are on the same page if you are not a fan of rap or hip-hop you are not going to be put off by anything on this album. He upon rare occasions does some of the lyrics in a rap style, however the rest of the time his roots are definitely blues and gospel and the church is a strong influence in phrasing and intonation.
He is an interesting character who grew up playing in his uncle's church band, initially playing bass and then later switching to lead guitar. He also played college basketball, and seemed to be on his way to an NBA career. Then an injury forced him to refocus on his music again; it became fodder for one of his songs. He is a tremendous wordsmith and wrote all the songs on the disc, though on 4 of them Harrison Sumner is co-writer. He is also a blazing guitarist, and you can hear the influence that B.B., Albert and Freddie had on his playing. The fury and intensity is there. As said a very interesting and formidable new talent, ready to burst full blown out on the scene. Soon, if not already, he is going to be headlining the shows and festivals that he is playing at now. He generates a raw excitement that incites audiences. Remember the name, Jarekus Singleton.
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