Built Your Own Fire (2007)


1 - Still Want To Be Your Man
2 - Salty
3 - Here I Am
4 - Poor Old Me
5 - Coming After You
6 - Cover Me
7 - Build Your Own Fire
8 - It's All Wrong
9 - Watchdog
10 - What Will I Do Without You
11 - I Found a True Love
12 - Coming After You [Greg Martin Mix]
13 - Salty [Greg Martin Mix]
14 - David Hood Interview On Eddie Hinton


Jimmy Hall - harmonicas & vocals
Greg Martin - guitar (except tracks 2, 3 & 5)
Larry Byrom - guitar
Clayton Ivey - keyboards
David Hood - bass
Jonathan Dees – drums
Bruce Dees - vocals (track 3)
Delbert McClinton - vocals (track 1)
Kira Small - vocals (tracks 2 & 12)

If you only enjoy Southern rock and guitars, don’t stay here. Jimmy Hall was a famous Southern band singer, but his roots were more in Rhythm n’ Blues. Today Jimmy Hall goes on to play the blues, from Johnny Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters roots (“Coming after you”), to ballads and blues slows, with jazz, country or rhythm n’ blues played with pathetic, nostalgic, screaming or happy (“Salty”) voices, with soft guitar solos (“Cover me”), Rhythm n’ Blues, devastated on “It’s All Wrong”, a moving “What Would I do With You”, a funny “I Found a True Love”, original blues like “Poor Old Me”, shuffle with ABB style slide guitar on “Watchdog”, and obviously typical Rhythm n’ Blues with “Still Want To Be Your Man”, Californian acid guitar (“Build Your Own Fire”), and the funky “Here I Am”. Jimmy sings very well on all those titles,
and shows which bluesman he can be with his harmonica. An electric piano, an organ and the guitars behind him dance a kind of saraband. Keep on you mojo, guys, we get an album full of ghosts. One thing can be remarked : on this album, Jimmy only plays harmonica and never
his saxophone. I think he wanted to create such a record without saxophone to get a roots sound. Maybe a saxophone should have change
the sound he wanted. We can also note that the two songs recorded by Greg Martin are harder, tougher, and it’s great !
Maybe we don’t enjoy this album at the first listening, but we get here a high level of quality that slowly brings you in Jimmy universe
and his blues roots. Slowly but surely you get his poison in your veins, you never can stop listening that music !

Yves Philippot


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