Last Sunday afternoon the holy experience of Reverend Deadeye’s music overwhelmed me. It was the song ‘Drunk on Jesus’ of this former snake handlin’ performer from Arizona that got to me.
Rev Deadeye is the reverend’s son of a reverend’ son who delivers a punk-rock version of gritty pre-war delta blues which he blends with fiery gospel interpretations capable of turnin’ the whole room into a whiskey filled bar room revival.
Punk style Blues music
Reverend Deadeye continued the punk style use of the slide guitar, like Hound Dog Tayler did fifty years ago. Hound Dog turned the slide guitar into a Rock ‘n Roll instrument. Rev Deadeye into a true punk machine. It is the use of his modified wok-lid resonator guitar that makes the Reverend songs so recognizable.
The slide guitar was a true delta blues instrument but is now evolved by Reverend Deadeye. The sound changed but the soul of the music doesn’t. It is great to experience how blues and punk rock music are so close to each other.
Songs of Reverend Deadeye
Especially in songs like ‘Yonder Blue’ and ‘Fuck The Devil’ you hear the punk and rock influence in his music. His voice is like a radio stream from blues-punk heaven: gritty, hard and raw. It is the use of his homemade beer can microphone that completes the raw sound of his performance.
Reverend Deadeye One Man Band
Like Joe Hill Louis, and later Ben Prestage did, Reverend Deadeye is an excellent one man band performer. Besides the use of his beer can microphone and wok-lid resonator Guitar, listen to his Kick Drum and washtub snare. To get the idea of his songs you should listen for the some heavy songs to “Backslider Baby’ and ‘Bless My Soul’. For some happy grooving songs to ‘Baby On That Train’.
Shows of Reverend Deadeye
Don’t expect a Sunday mornin’ church service at one of Reverend Deadeye’s shows; instead, expect a Saturday night baptism with fire holy rollin’ revival. I really enjoy the music of the Reverend. Follow him here…
Theodore Roosevelt the 26th president of the United States was known for his range of interests, his leadership as well as his “cowboy” persona. A man born in Natchez, Mississippi in 1915 with the same name Theodore Roosevelt Taylor would be known for his six fingers, his extraordinary guitarstyle, his Rock ‘n Roll band and contribution to the Blues, and Rock ‘n Roll. Hound Dog Taylor he ain’t a Cowboy but he sho’ plays like a motherfucker. A new Blues blog.
The Route To The North
Like many other blues musicians Hound Dog Taylor made the journey from the south to the north. But Hound Dog left the south because he was chased out of Mississippi by the Klan after having an affair with a white woman. He hide himself for one day, the next day he travelled to Chicago and never returned.
Gonna Send You Back To Georgia – Slide Maniac
Hound Dog Taylor picked up his guitar quite late. He originally played piano, but it would be until his twentieth when he started playing the guitar. And that decision is maybe the best he could make. Hound Dog is for me together with Elmore James the king of the slide guitar. An inspiration for many guitar players who adopted the blues and turned it into Rock ‘n Roll, Hard Rock or maybe Metal. The dirt that comes out of his guitar is fenomonal. Especially in “Gonna Send you Back To Georgia”.
Clubs on the Chicago Southside
Taylor started playing professionally in 1957, till that time he always kept a side job, like building TV cabinets. In 1957 he made the blues his main business, because he became the top hit in a lot of Clubs on the south side of Chicago. Like Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson too, Hound Dog played among others on the Maxwell Street Market. I think Hound Dag developed his slide style there. It could have resulted in the collaboration with Koko Taylor and Walter like this one:
Hound dog Tayler and the HouseRockers where a plain loud straightforward band. Music website elsewhere.co.nz wrote an article about Hound Dog citing a quote of Robert Christau where he referred to band as “the Ramones of the Blues”.