God Used Mississippi (2012)


1 God Used Mississippi
2 Masquerade
3 Midnight Hour
4 21st Century Man
5 Along For The Ride
6 Ashamed Of Yourself
7 Love Pours Down
8 I’ll Keep Standing
9 I’m So Flad (I’m Not Dead)
10 You Rescued Me

Nowadays Christian Rock is at the top in Southern Rock. We did enjoy the Gibsons' "Southern Rock Revival", we really enjoyed Billy Crain and his album "Skeletons in the Closet" and "Creole Shoes". Now here comes Danny Liston with this "God used Mississippi" produced by Jim Gaines, recorded at the famous Memphis Ardent Studios, just like 2007 "No Other Name", with this musical style close to what did Stax and the Muscle Shoals studios where used to work Eddie Hinton, a kind of gospel and soul funky music, a middle tempo and a sensual ballad. These famous rock ballads that did Mama's Pride! Liston brothers are still working and Danny's voice is lighter that Pat's, that give a real pleasure on this album, surrounded by famous studio musicians, recorded in Saint Louis and in Memphis. We've got here Danny and Jack Holder (Black Oak Arkansas/Ruby Starr/Johnny Lang) on guitars, with the missed Don E. Curtis on pedal steel guitar. This album begins on the title "God Used Mississippi", a funk blues tempo. Then we got "Masquerade" full of feeling, and the top on "Midnight Hour". It's the same on "21st Century Man", a quiet moment on "Along for the Ride", a speed "Ashamed of Yourself" a real Southern Rock moment. This end is closer to soul music « Love Pours Down », « I'll Keep Standing », « I'm So Glad », Danny Liston looks like a soul man, his music is close to what did Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers. And this album ends on "You Rescue Me" that looks a little bit just to mama's Pride. Danny Liston's devotion makes me think to the guitarist-singer Ed Raetzloff, ex-Blue Jug, who did in 1980 an incredible album "It Took A Long Time To Get To You" on Newpax Records, full of emotions and close to this "God Used Mississippi". Let's hope that God protect this kind of music for a long time, we do need it!

Jacques Dersigny

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